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The Tour is over... - The Rancho Commons — LiveJournal
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The Tour is over...
The Tour de France officially ends tomorrow after the final stage rides onto the Champs-Elysees in Paris. It is tradition not to challenge the yellow jersey, however; and even if someone broke tradition, Armstrong has a strong, healthy team with him and a 4:40 advantage on his closest competitor. Suffice to say, Armstrong has become the first person in the history of the race to win 7 Tours, and he did it in a row. And, no one else has even won 6. Lance officially retires tomorrow at the end of the race.

There are several other Americans with strong potential to win a Tour in the future. It is safe to say that Americans have finally established themselves indelibly in the sport of international bicycling. I look forward to seeing what Lance decides to accomplish next because, if anything, the last nine years (from his cancer diagnosis in 1996) have shown us that he accomplishes what he sets out to do.
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thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: July 23rd, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man...I felt *so* bad for Rasmussen this morning, though. He gets to keep the silliest jersey, but that looked painful.

And when Ullrich wins next year, it'll be the "yeah, but..." tour.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 23rd, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Rasmussen was going to lose the podium position to Ullrich no matter what, but he had some rotten luck on that ride, falling from 3rd overall to 7th had to be the most painful of all.

Ullrich might win next year, and I know he'll want it badly, but then there's Basso...

In fact, looking here, any of the top 14 are dangerous if they have the right team support. Which, btw, hampered Ullrich's chances this year, with Kloden and Vinokourov's egos causing them to stage mini-mutinies when they should have been helping Ullrich. It is truly a testimony to his toughness that he pulled third out with as much support as he didn't get from his team.

I surely won't be surprised if Ullrich wins next year, because he has hungered for it the entire Armstrong era; but, I won't be shocked if he loses either. There are so many opportunities over a three week race to "have a bad day" (like Rasmussen's) that winning is always a major coup of luck hording, even for Lance.

FWIW, I'd kind of like to see Hincapie win one just for his loyal service lo, these 7 years. Oh, and Popovych is only 25?! He'll be a contender for years to come too, I think.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 23rd, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
He gets to keep the silliest jersey, but that looked painful.

You know, he was really into that, though. Did you notice he wore polka dot gloves, helmet, and even shoes and socks today?
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