There were a number of news developments regarding Tour de France in the weeks leading up to the race. This year has been marked by some special situations such as rider injuries, changing of teams, and high-profile doping charges that recently stripped Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong of his titles.
The first week of the race had plenty of excitement as well, with several crashes, such as a multi-bike pile-up that included Mike Cavendish, in the closing of Stage 4. Cavendish emerged from the crash uninjured, and unhappy.
Andre Greipel of Germany won Stage 4, and coming through the finish elated at his first Tour de France victory.
He then came in ahead again in Stage 5, pulling in front in the final hundred meters in what he called "the hardest sprint of my life."
Looking forward to what the Tour de France brings next. Watch our blog for updates!