The day before the 100th Tour de France begins in Corsica, Lance Armstrong, the spectre from its past, resurfaced, rattling his chains. In an interview with the newspaper Le Monde he stated that he felt in his racing days it was impossible to win the Tour without doping

"The Tour is an endurance event where oxygen [transmission] is a determining factor. To take one example, EPO won't help a sprinter win a 100m race, but it could be decisive for a 10,000m runner. That's obvious."