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darthfergie
07-26-2003, 02:11 PM
For those of you who havn't been following the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong has been engaged in the most difficult Tour of his career. German Jan Ullrich has been on the edge of overthrowing Lance's 4 year rule...at points as close as 18 seconds. Today was the last chance to make up time in the tour. Lance was ahead of Ullrich by 1:05. Considering that Ullrich smashed Lance's last time trail bid by well over a minute, the time was not inconcievable. Today this nail biting drama has come to a virtual end. Lance Armstrong finished 11 seconds ahead of Ullrich today and his victory is virtually assured...the only realistic way that Lance can lose is crashing and having to abandon on the Champs-Elysées.

With the closing of tomorrow's stage Lance Armstrong will join the small club of Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour 5 times.

Just to put this in perspective for those of you who havn't a clue about cycling...American Lance Armstrong doing this is like an obscure team from Norway winning the Super Bowl several years straight.

Lance Armstrong is truely amazing...a legend in our own time.

Zygomaticus
07-26-2003, 02:18 PM
Hats off to him. He battled his problems. He won.
:)

pbguy1211
07-26-2003, 03:52 PM
I think with what he's accomplished in life, real life and sporting life battles, you could already consider his carreer one of the greatestof all time. Simply for the sheer story behind it all.

another_trooper
07-26-2003, 04:14 PM
He had cancer right ?
But then he came back in the sport right ?
Thats good for him, hes a great guy !

Paragon_Leon
07-27-2003, 07:06 PM
well, to put the Hamilton story a little bit in perspective....a few days ago he admitted that the bone wasn't broken... so that story was laid to rest. Still a nice feat from him, to ride so well with at least a moderate injury.

Armstrong was in control throughout, although cyclers got closer than ever. What was disturbing, was how some reporters simply refused to be enthusiastic about his win, and made no effort to hide the fact that that was because he's American. Now that makes me sick to my stomach and simply ashamed to be European.

Hats off to you, Lance. Hope you make a sixth win.

Compa_Mighty
07-27-2003, 07:20 PM
I think what makes his 5 victories greater is that he got them after cancer.

He is trully an example to anyone who does anything, not just cycling. He has shown the world that anything can be done with patience and effort.

He's an amazing person. If everyone had the same attitude he has, the world would certainly be a better place.

Heavyarms
07-28-2003, 10:52 AM
A true American that lives the American Dream... I salute you, Lance! Five great accomplishments, with more to come!:cheers:

Artoo
07-28-2003, 03:19 PM
His is going to be a great biography to read if he ever gets around to having it written. :)

darthfergie
07-29-2003, 04:30 PM
Originally posted by Artoo
His is going to be a great biography to read if he ever gets around to having it written. :)

There is at least a book out about his battle with cancer and his comeback already. Tis a good read.