Cyclist Lance Armstrong of Team Radio Shack signs autographs following training on July 2, 2010 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Following a prologue time trial in Rotterdam on Saturday, the iconic race will include 20 stages and will cover 3,642km. (Getty Images)more pics »The Tour de France kicks off today and fans will get to see the riders embark on a 5.5-mile joy ride (officially called the prologue) in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The first official stage of the race starts tomorrow with a 138.9-mile ride from Rotterdam to Brussels, Belgium. Then, the riders will complete 20 more stages to wind up in Paris, France on July 25. You can check out the live action on Versus, and even track the race online.
Alberto Cantador wants a third win. (Getty)
Last year's winner Alberto Contador is obviously out to win again this year, while rival Lance Armstrong is undoubtedly trying for the win in his last year of doing the race -- but we've heard that one before. Lance won 7 straight titles from 1999-2005, and wants to end with a bang. Contador has won twice.
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Tour de France Highlights
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