199 rows · The 2012 Tour de France was the 99th edition of the race, one of cycling's Grand Tours.It started in the Belgian city of Liège on 30 June and finished on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 22 July. The Tour consisted of twenty-one race stages, including an opening prologue, and covered a total distance of 3,496.9 km (2,173 mi).. The race was contested by a total of twenty-two teams.Pos.: Position in the general classification
The 2011 Tour de France was the 98th edition of the race, one of cycling's Grand Tours.It featured 22 cycling teams.Eighteen of the teams invited to the Tour were a part of the UCI World Tour, the other four teams are French Professional Continental teams.The Tour began with a stage from Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes on 2 July and finished on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 24 July.
On July 25, 1999, Armstrong became the second American to win the Tour de France, the sport’s most prestigious race, and the first to win for an American team (three-time winner Greg LeMond had raced with European teams). Riding with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) team, Armstrong won the 3,630-km (2,256-mile), 22-day race by 7 minutes 37 seconds.
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