July 6, 2005


Rival's Spill Gives Lead to Armstrong (Diane Pucin, July 6, 2005, LA Times)

With his head down and legs pumping, David Zabriskie sped through the curving streets of this town of 50,000 on the Loire River on Tuesday, seemingly on his way to retaining the yellow jersey and placing a bump in the path of his renowned American countryman, Lance Armstrong.

But with the finish line less than a mile ahead, disaster struck: Zabriskie crashed at more than 30 mph. And although he managed to complete the race, the damage was done.

Zabriskie had lost his overall lead, and Armstrong's Discovery Channel team won the fourth stage of the 92nd Tour de France by two seconds over Zabriskie's CSC team. That gave Armstrong the yellow jersey for the first time in this year's Tour, as he seeks an unprecedented seventh consecutive victory before retiring.

The dramatic outcome gave Armstrong a 55-second overall lead over his teammate George Hincapie. German Jens Voight of CSC is third, and American Bobby Julich, also of CSC, is fourth.>

At least they had the decency to take all the drama out of the race on the first day this year.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 6, 2005 9:12 AM

I'm a big Armstrong fan.

He seems to be driven to the very limits of human endurance almost entirely by a desire to annoy the French.

They hate him even more than they hate our cuisine.

Posted by: Brit at July 6, 2005 10:26 AM

He rides a bike.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2005 11:34 AM

Brit: Lance is Texan. Hate him and he'll draw strength from it to make you hate him even more. Both the enemies and friends of GWB seem to often forget this...

Posted by: b at July 6, 2005 11:38 AM

He rides a bike.

Too true. Now if he drove a Zamboni, there'd be a victory over the Frogs we could all celebrate.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 6, 2005 11:51 AM

We don't race the Zambonis.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2005 12:26 PM

Not even for national pride?

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 6, 2005 12:39 PM

If your national pride is vested in a bike or Zamboni race you have none.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2005 1:18 PM

What a squish you turned out to be.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 6, 2005 1:48 PM

Ah, so your manhood is wrapped up in a bicycle? My condolences.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2005 2:07 PM

Nah, mine's wrapped up in cold beer and the Playboy Channel. But thanks.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 6, 2005 2:11 PM

Geez, no wonder even a bike race seems like a big deal.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2005 2:42 PM

A huge deal, my friend.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 6, 2005 2:51 PM


Why can't you admire the incredible endurance required to complete the race, never mind the competitiveness required to win?

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at July 8, 2005 6:19 AM