France: Hey, You, American.But that's a good thing!
American Floyd Landis takes the yellow jersey after the 11th stage of the Tour de France. Landis finished third behind stage winner Denis Menchov of Russia and Levi Leipheimer of the U.S., all having the same time. Six hour and six minutes over 128 miles in the French and Spanish Pyrenees. This mountain stage contained four category one climbs and one climb without category. This roughly translates to a ride 3/4 of the way to the moon straight up.
Landis took the yellow jersey from Frenchman Cyril Dessel by eight seconds. Leipheimer jumped from 58th place to 13th overall. Other Americans are not doing so well. The American Discovery Channel team also is faltering. Landis rides for Phonak, while Leipheimer rides for Gerolsteiner.
Floyd Landis, a Mennonite, suffers from osteonecrosis of the hip and will require hip replacement surgery after the Tour. This is the same disease with which Bo Jackson suffered, ending his football career.