What do you think? Leave a respectful comment.

The video for this story is not available, but you can still read the transcript below.
No image

Americans Win Two European Championships

The United States won two important European championships this weekend: the British Open and Tour de France. A sports writer and commentator for NPR discusses the two American wins.

Read the Full Transcript

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Two Americans, two countries, two sports, and two big victories. We begin in France.

    After years of cycling domination by Lance Armstrong, there was a new American in Paris, when Floyd Landis crossed the finish line yesterday to win his first Tour de France.

  • FLOYD LANDIS, Tour de France Champion:

    Thank you, everybody who kept believing. And most of all, my team, when things weren't going so well, they kept fighting and never stopped believing.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    It was a victory that almost wasn't. After a disastrous ride on Wednesday dropped Landis to 11th place, eight minutes behind Spaniard Oscar Pereiro, he made most of the time back with a remarkable climb through the Alps on Thursday.

  • ANNOUNCER:

    Floyd Landis will win the Tour de France.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    In the end, Landis won the grueling tour, three weeks and 2,257 miles, by a mere 57 seconds and brought a more positive kind of excitement to a race that began with a doping scandal that eliminated several top contenders.

    Adding to the feat, the 30-year-old Pennsylvania native had suffered a hip injury from a crash several years ago and will undergo replacement surgery this fall.

  • FLOYD LANDIS:

    I don't feel like my life was a failure if I didn't win a race, but it was a dream. And I would be extremely disappointed if that was taken away by an unfortunate accident.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    Landis became the third American to win the tour.