Tour de France notes
– Today’s stage – The 2003 Tour de France continues today with the 95-mile 11th stage from Narbonne to Toulouse in southern France. The rolling stage features a medium mountain climb midway through the race that shouldn’t present a problem for the overall favorites.
– Tranquil rest day – Like the rest of the 171 racers, Lance Armstrong enjoyed a quiet day away from the race, joining his U.S. Postal Service teammates in a two-and-a-half hour training ride in the morning and then his family for a relaxing afternoon. “The rest day is our first day away from the Tour,” said Johan Bruyneel, U.S. Postal’s director. “We have family visits, take long naps, escape the pressure of the Tour for one day. It’s important for everyone.”