Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Fol­low Suzanne Hal­libur­ton’s cov­er­age of the Tour de France in the Amer­i­can-States­man and on­line at states­ sports/tour-de-france.

In Austin, the Tour will air on the Ver­sus chan­nel on Time Warner cable (Chan­nel 470 and 1646 HD). Ver­sus is part of the ba­sic dig­i­tal pack­age. fi­nal podium. And he did it with­out hav­ing dom­i­nated in the moun­tains or the time tri­als, where he fin­ished 10th and 16th.

Arm­strong said this week that he has been en­cour­aged re­cently and thinks some of his core traits are re­turn­ing.

Dur­ing scout­ing ses­sions of Tour routes in the moun­tains dur­ing the fi­nal week of June, Arm­strong said he could feel his climb­ing abil­ity com­ing back. He said he felt a decade younger. He also said he is re­cov­er­ing well, and pointed out that he took no break af­ter his sec­ond-place show­ing in the Tour of Switzer­land.

The day be­fore he left for Rotterdam, Arm­strong said, he clocked a near record on his fi­nal train­ing ses­sion

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