2002 Tour de France

The 89th Tour de France took place from 6 to 28 July 2002, led to 20 stages over 3277 km. It was attended by 189 racers part in it, of which 153 were classified. The sovereign Lance Armstrong's fourth win in a row at the Tour de France was perhaps his lightest. After Jan Ullrich did not compete due to various crises, the Americans had basically no serious competition and dominated the tour with four stage wins almost at will.

On October 22, 2012 Cycling Union UCI announced the cancellation of all titles Armstrong since August 1, 1998, including all Tour de France successes of the American. Substitutes in the first place were not used.

Race course

In Luxembourg Armstrong won for the second time after 1999 the prologue. A few days later he was beaten surprising from the Colombian Santiago Botero in the first time trial of the Tour, his first defeat in a long tour time trial since his comeback in 1999. Few days later, the Americans reported, however, with impressive wins ( and strong support from his teammates Roberto Heras, who was ninth at the end back to the two Pyrenean mountain stages to La Mongie and the plateau de Beille ) and gave the conquered yellow jersey until the target is no longer on.

In both successes Armstrong overtook on the last climb to the French Laurent Jalabert, who although no stage victory celebrated in his " farewell tour " with his solo escapes, but at least the second time in a row won the polka-dot jersey. With Richard Virenque, another French national hero could classify in the exquisite list of winners at the mythical Mont Ventoux.

Erik Zabel won a stage and wore the yellow jersey for a day, but had to leave after six years in the green jersey for the best sprinter the title at the Australian Robbie McEwen.

The stages

Jerseys in the itinerary

The table shows the leaders in their respective standings at the start of each stage.

All teams and drivers

A: task during the stage, NA: non-runner to stage, S: Suspended / excluded timeouts: timeout