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Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Laurent Fignon

Laurent Fignon was a two time winner of the Tour de France, and one of the most beloved French cyclists of all time. He won a variety of races other than the Tour de France in his career, and missed winning a third Tour de France by the smallest margin in race history. Fignon, born in 1960, won 18 races as an amateur before turning pro with the help of Cyrille Guimard. Fignon started his career with the famed Renault-Elf-Gitane team, and quickly burst on the scene with skilled and tenac........ Read More

Great Tour To Egypt And Its History

Egypt is a part of the Holy Land, tours to Christian and other religious monuments are popular. Egypt also offers nature and desert treks, great scuba diving and even golf, fishing and birding expeditions. For thousands of years travelers have been coming to Egypt to marvel at the Pyramids, the Sphinx, ancient Luxor and the River Nile Egypt Culture: Adam Henein is one of Egypt's best known artists, and commi........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Jan Ullrich

Jan Ullrich was one of the great riders and personalities of the Tour de France. A German cyclist born in 1973, he would go on to become the first German rider to ever win the Tour de France. He also built a career on his legendary consistency that unfortunately coincided with that of Lance Armstrong. He finished in the top three of the Tour de France an incredible six times, with one win, four second place finishes and a third place finish. He also finished fourth in 2004. Ullrich was ........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Louison Bobet

Louison (or “Louis”) Bobet was one of the great post-war French cyclists. In his career, he was able to win three Tour de France races (one of only eight riders to do so) and had four podium finishes in total. He was also known as a talented climber and tenacious, if sometimes stubborn, competitor. In 1925, Bobet was born in Brittany, a part of northwestern France, and would compete in his first Tour de France in 1947, at the age of 22. The race did not go so well and certainly didn........ Read More

Rome: Influential Empire, Great Tourist Aim

Rome was establish as distant back 753 BC by the clone, Romulus and Remus. It grew considerably until it became the Roman kingdom which was ruled by an Emperor from the year 27 BC. The Roman Empire became a political and economic center for the Western World. Its influence extending far and wide and it was said that "all transportation lead to Rome." This most powerful Empire, however, fell in 476 AD. It had a rough history following its fall. The city preserve its status as the capital of t........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Lucien Petit-breton

Lucien Petit-Breton was not only one of the first dominant riders in the history of the Tour de France, but also a great symbol of the eccentric and sometimes tragic time that he lived. A two time champion of the Tour de France, Petit-Breton may have won more Tours had he not joined the French Army and died in World War I. Lucien Petit-Breton was actually born Lucien Georges Mazan in 1882. He was born in France and lived there until age six, but took on Argentinian nationality when he mov........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Philippe Thys

Philippe Thys, one of the better Belgian cyclists of all time, is one of the most prolific champions in Tour de France history, with three yellow jerseys to his credit. In fact, Thys is credited by some as being the first rider to wear a yellow jersey, though he wasn’t presented it in an official capacity. Thys was one of the most talented young riders in the history of cycling. On October 8, 1890, Philippe Thys was born. A talented cyclist already at twenty years old, he was winning co........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Jacques Anquetil

Jacques Anquetil is famous for being the first cyclist to ever win the Tour de France five times. Born in 1934, he would become an exceptional time trial specialist, as well as the only rider to ever wear the yellow jersey for the entirety of the Tour de France, during his 1961 win. The French-born Anquetil was 17 years old when he first took up cycling, which he did to impress girls. He would go on to win 16 races as an amateur, along with a bronze medal in the 1952 Olympic Games. Then,........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Lucien Van Impe

Lucien van Impe was one of the better cyclists of his generation, with five Tour de France podium appearances including one win at the 1976 Tour de France. Van Impe, known as a gifted climber who excelled in long, grueling mountain stages, won six Tour de France mountain classifications in addition to his overall race successes. Van Impe was born in Mere, Belgium in October, 1946. He became a professional cyclist largely due to the help of Federico Bahamontes, himself an expert climber wh........ Read More

Great Tour To Kenya

The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100km north south between Nairobi and Thomsons Falls. The Aberdare National Park was formed in 1950 to protect the forested slopes and moors of the Aberdare Mountains. While the park has elephant, rhino, black leopard, lion and the beautiful but elusive bongo antelope, it is rarely visited by safari companies and individual travelers. Soils are volcanic origin and red. There are two mai........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Joop Zoetemelk

Joop Zoetemelk was a cyclist from the Netherlands who is widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time. Zoetemelk competed in an amazing 16 editions of the Tour de France, finishing the race in every one. In a 13-year span from 1970 to 1982 (he didn’t compete in 1974), Zoetemelk finished no worse than eighth, appearing on the podium seven times. Zoetemelk won the Tour de France once to go along with his six second place finishes. Zoetemelk was born in 1946, and had success ........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Miguel Indurain

Miguel Indurain will always be known as one of the greatest cyclists to ever compete in the Tour de France. Indurain was the first cyclist to ever win five straight Tour de France championships, and was one of only five riders to ever win five championships at all. He was known as a gifted rider who excelled at time trials, and was nicknamed “Miguelón” due to his natural ability and his uncommon size for a cyclist. Indurain competed in eleven straight years of the Tour de France, beg........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx is regarded by many to be the best cyclist of all time. His tenacity and refusal to relinquish his own chance to win earned him the nickname, “The Cannibal”. Merckx is one of only five riders to win the Tour de France five times. He only competed in seven installments of the Tour de France to win such an incredible number of them, and also finished second once for a total of six podium appearances. Merckx, a Belgian rider, was born 1945. He started competing 16 years lat........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Gustave Garrigou

Gustave Garrigou was one of the first great riders in the Tour de France. In his short but accomplished career, he was able to win the Tour de France once, and finish on the podium a total of six times. Although Garrigou’s career ended over 90 years ago, he remains one of the beloved French cyclists in the legendary history of the Tour de France. Gustave Garrigou was born on September 24, 1884, and lived until 1963, when he passed away at the age of 78. He made his debut in the Tour de........ Read More

Great Cyclists Of The Tour De France: Lance Armstrong

Even those who are relatively unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the sport of cycling can tell you who Lance Armstrong is. There are many people worldwide who don’t know the difference between the yellow jersey and the polka dot jersey, but are familiar with Armstrong’s legendary triumphs at the Tour de France, and his courageous battles with cancer. Let’s take a look at the many great performances of Lance Armstrong on cycling’s biggest stage, the Tour de France. Armstrong was b........ Read More


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