shortest ever Tour de France



The shortest ever Tour de France will save the suspense for the end. The route for the 2002 Tour unveiled by organizers Thursday covers 3,282 kilometers (2,034.8 miles) over 21 stages, including the prologue, and sets an event record for shortness.

But four of the six key mountain stages will take place in the last eight days, making the final outcome uncertain almost until the finish in Paris.

This year, Lance Armstrong wrapped up his third straight title with a whole week to go thanks to his domination in the mountains, leaving little suspense for the rest of the race.

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Who is your tip to take out nexts years tour de france?

[opt] 1 LanceArmstrong [/opt]
[opt] 2 Jan Ullrich[/opt]
[opt] 3 Marco Pantani[/opt]
[opt] 4 Laurent Jalabert [/opt]
[opt] 5 Other [/opt]

Looks like they are trying to "Lance-proof" the Tour. I think it's going to be interesting next year. The battle between O'Grady and Zabel could be something to watch. Maybe this is O'Grady's chance to get that Maillot Vert!

My bet? Ullrich ;)