Kenny van Hummel

All eyes on Armstrong as 2009 Tour de France gets underway

All eyes on Armstrong as 2009 Tour de France gets underway Monaco- The first stage of the 2009 Tour de France got underway Saturday in Monaco as Dutch rider Kenny van Hummel rolled down the starting ramp.

Prince Albert II of Monaco gave the official start to the race, but most of the attention was focused on seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong.

The 37-year-old Texas native is making a comeback to the Tour after a retirement from cycling of more than three years and the 15.5km individual time trial through the streets of Monaco appears tailor-made for him.

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