will soon be cheering for Lance Armstrong to win the "Crown
Jewel of Cycling," the Tour de France, for an unprecedented
fourth consecutive time. When the race is staged from July
5-27, it will have particular significance, marking the
100th anniversary of this international competition.
story of Lance Armstrong is a tale of great human achievement.
Just before his 25th birthday, Armstrong announced that
he had testicular cancer. Soon after, his European sponsor
terminated his contract, but in a few months he became affiliated
with the United States Postal Service cycling team. Armstrong
went on to win the Tour de France in 1999, 2000, 2001 and
2002; in 2002 he deservedly was named Sports Illustrated's
Sportsman of the Year.
won the Tour de France in each of the first six years, from
1903-8, but has not won since 1985. The only other American
winner was Greg Lemond, who was victorious in 1986, 1989
proof euro coins commemorating the Centenary of the Tour
de France feature an unusual design -- a modern cyclist
above the reflection of a cyclist of yesterday, separated
by a piece of bicycle chain. The 1 ½ euro silver
coin contains 22.2 gm. of 900 fine silver (mintage limited
to 150,000); the 20 euro gold coin contains 17 gm. of 920
fine gold (mintage limited to 5,000). They are available
for $49 and $495 respectively from PandaAmerica, 3460 Torrance
Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503. Click here
to order online or call (800) 472-6327 or e-mail .firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monnaie de Paris has announced that these gold coins have
already sold out, but PandaAmerica still has some available.
by Mel Wacks