July 23rd, 2005

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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.