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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
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Tour de France Posted: Sat Jul 09, 2005 7:57 pm 

I haven't been following the Tour de France very closely, but I saw that Lance Armstrong ran into some trouble day during one of the later climbs. His teammates had all disappeared, and he had to push hard to repel a challenger by himself. Does anybody know what happened there? And for that matter, do you think Lance will really retire after this year? Maybe he needs to lose one TDF in order to get that old itch back.

mfox

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Re: Tour de France Posted: Sat Jul 09, 2005 8:36 pm 

From all indications I've seen/read it appears Lance is dead set on retiring after this year's Tour de France. He claims he will be retiring right after the TDF ends. He wants to spend more time with his kids. I definitely think this is his last TDF. I don't think his body can take much more of the abuse he has to put it through to compete in the TDF, let alone win it. Itch or no itch, if he loses the TDF this year I think he'll be satisfied with having already proven he's one of, if not THE, most dominant cyclist in the world.

But something tells me he won't be able to stay away entirely from competing in smaller events. Only time will tell if he'll retire COMPLETELY.

As for this recent trouble he had with his teammates, I'm hoping that they're sandbagging...that they have some sort of strategy to get the other teams to expend much more energy early on. You know how tough a marathon can be when you go out too fast in the early stage. If nothing else, I hope his team mates are better able to recover from this and will be better prepared for the more difficult hill climbs.


Rickshaw
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Re: Tour de France Posted: Sat Jul 09, 2005 9:33 pm 

mfox wrote:
As for this recent trouble he had with his teammates, I'm hoping that they're sandbagging...that they have some sort of strategy to get the other teams to expend much more energy early on.

I don't think so. According to the news I read, he seemed pretty upset about it afterwards. It was either a real problem, or an excellent acting job...


Rickshaw
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Re: Tour de France Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:11 pm 

Hmm, Lance gave up the yellow jersey today and is now in third place overall. It's not a huge issue, since they haven't yet reached the most punishing climbs where he dominates, but I still get the feeling that he and his team are feeling a litle disappointed and demoralized now. They may be doing okay in the race standings, but it seems like they're losing the "mind game" and have been stripped of their self-confidence.

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