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Don't Miss: The Tour de France, Valerie Plame

American cyclist Floyd Landis leads the Tour de France. Cyclist Frankie Andreu is in northern Spain, where today's race ended, and he talks with All Things Considered host Melissa Block this evening about Landis' success.

Cycling usually wasn't considered a big deal in the U.S. unless the name Lance Armstrong was associated with it. Seven-time Tour winner Armstrong quit after last year's record-setting victory.

Andreu is more than a cyclist and analyst; he raced in the Tour himself. Andreu also has testified that he once overheard Lance Armstrong admit that he used performance-enhancing drugs, a claim others have made over the years, but one Armstrong vehemently denies. Melissa will ask Andreu if he stands by his accusation.

And if you're wondering how Andreu first came by that information, listen to this story from NPR's Tom Goldman.

And here's a bit a news: Valerie Plame and her husband Joseph Wilson have filed a lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney and other high-ranking White House officials. The White House leaked Plame's identity as an undercover CIA agent to members of the press. The lawsuit accuses the administration of conspiring to sabotage their civil rights. NPR's Ari Shapiro has details.