July 1, 2005

MAY THE BEST PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS WIN:

Setting Stage for His Seventh: Armstrong prepares to close career by adding to his title record in the Tour de France. Germany's Ullrich is again a main challenger. (Diane Pucin, July 1, 2005, LA Time)

Look, Lance Armstrong says, he is not riding the 2005 Tour de France to finish second.

If his enthusiasm for racing over 2,220 miles over 23 days did not start burning hot until this spring, if his training has been less lengthy, if he seems distracted from the painfully boring matters of weighing his food by the ounce, of rising at dawn to ride hills over and over, of living an ascetic life devoted to wearing a bright, yellow jersey on July 24, it doesn't mean Armstrong is vulnerable.

"Hopefully, I'll go out with a victory, leaving the impression perhaps that I can do another one if I really wanted to," he said. "I'm not concerned about the impression I leave with others or with the media but for my own good, for whatever reason, I would like to leave that impression with myself."

It is with a different motivation that Armstrong begins this Tour with Saturday's 11.8-mile time trial between Fromentine and Noirmoutier-en-I'lle on the Atlantic coast.


Thank goodness the American press will return to ignoring bike races.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2005 8:39 AM
Comments

personally, I like the idea of an American on a bicycle leaving tire tracks all over the prostrate carcass of the Axis of Weasels.

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 1, 2005 10:21 AM

It's only a bike race, unless they're panzer tracks it's hardly worth the effort.

Posted by: oj at July 1, 2005 10:30 AM

oj: We know you've never been to Europe, so you may not be aware of just how massive the Tour is over there. It seems like it's the only thing on TV for all of July. The fact that an American has won it so many years in a row infuriates all the right people, so it is obviously a good thing. Almost as good as when the US wins the World Cup...

Posted by: b at July 1, 2005 11:03 AM

Doesn't make it matter.

Posted by: oj at July 1, 2005 11:56 AM

It's only a bike race, unless they're panzer tracks it's hardly worth the effort.

I thought most of us here were opposed to making the perfect the enemy of the good? I want to see the Europeans cry for another year. Remember: In the land of the ball-less, the one-balled man is king!

Posted by: Patrick H at July 1, 2005 12:15 PM

I thought the panzers were reserved for the putsch across the Connecticut river into Vermont.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 1, 2005 12:17 PM

Patrick:

Perfect would be green glass...

Posted by: oj at July 1, 2005 12:18 PM

Jim:

Panzers? We could take them with little red wagons...

Posted by: oj at July 1, 2005 12:22 PM

Jim:

Panzers? We could take them with little red wagons...
Posted by: oj at July 1, 2005 12:22 PM


But we haven't got any little red wagons. All we've got is a bicycle and for the last few years that's all it has taken to emotionally destroy them. Let's roll! Go Lance!

OJ, you are such a stick in the mud. But go ahead, name one sport that does matter.

Posted by: NC3 at July 1, 2005 6:32 PM

No sport matters.

Posted by: oj at July 1, 2005 7:03 PM
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