Tour de France sans Armstrong Remains the Quintessential Parisian Experience

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The race to replace Armstrong on the Discovery Team prior to the Tour de France adds drama to the exciting event that has cycling fans and travel fans abuzz as sales of travel packages to France heat up.

Remove the biggest figure in the sport of cycling from its signature event and one may expect a drop of interest from fans from around the world. Lance Armstrong’s retirement was expected to leave a void in the sport, however, fans of the sport are more excited than ever for the 2006 Tour de France.

“This is going to be an awesome Tour. I mean Lance will be missed but now the field is really wide open, I can’t wait to see what happens,” Robyn Goldman, 35, New York, New York explains.

Goldman, echoing the thoughts of many fans of the sport has started research travel packages to France during the Tour which runs from July 1st through July 23rd. The travel industry has introduced several France vacation packages that correspond with the different stages of the event.

“I am going to rent a car and see all of France while I watch as many stages as I can, “Goldman explains. A France Fly and Drive vacation package offered by Virgin Vacations will give Goldman the opportunity to do precisely that.

Virgin Vacation’s package is offering round trip tickets and a 7-day Hertz car rental for $1009. With unlimited mileage on the car rental, Goldman and other Tour fans will be able to see the spectacular and diverse regions of France while watching the legendary cycling event.

The Race to Replace Armstrong is well underway and the race to snatch up travel packages corresponding with the Tour de France is also underway. 2006 will see a new champion crowned and many fans are looking to be there when he’s crowned.

About Virgin Vacations

Virgin Vacations offers a varied product line, which includes “Exclusively Virgin” vacations to the UK and Europe featuring round-trip air on their award-winning carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways. Their recently expanded travel menu now includes Europe, Asia, South Africa, the South Pacific, and Central and South America. This additional expansion offers travelers the opportunity to choose complete vacation packages or the option to create their own personalized holiday.

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