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AFTER THEIR coverage of this year's controversial Tour de France, Eurosport continues its commitment to two wheels with Live Cycling: Tour of Spain (2pm Eurosport). Today's 11th stage is a mountainous slog of 195km from Andorra to Ampriu and although the race has lost Britain's Chris Boardman, still recuperating after his annual crash in the Tour de France, it remains one of the top events in the cycling calendar. If you've ever wondered how athletes prepare themselves for gruelling events then Can Science Build a Champion Athlete? (8pm National Geographic Channel) may be of some interest as it explores performance-improving technology. For those of a more emotional disposition Terms of Endearment (10.30pm Sky Cinema), the Debra Winger (right) tear-jerker, is a viable lachrymose alternative.

Peter Conchie