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Lance: "I'll go for six" ... "Kevin's no friend of mine"(7 posts)

Lance: "I'll go for six" ... "Kevin's no friend of mine"Elefantino
Feb 2, 2002 7:21 AM
From Cycling News:

Lance Armstrong has given an indication that he would like to break Miguel Indurain's record of five consecutive Tours de France. In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Armstrong said that "I've been thinking about it, as I have three Tour wins and I believe that I can carry on the same for another two or three years, because I feel stronger than ever."

"Everybody can do the maths from there, but I don't see myself on the same level as Indurain, Merckx, Hinault or Anquetil. I have not raced with Merckx and the others, but I have with Indurain and for me he was unattainable, like a God. I can't compare myself with a cycling legend like him, because I do not consider myself a legend."

[Asked about Kevin Livingston, Armstrong said Livingston is no longer a friend. Why?] "Because he indicated after leaving that he did not want to continue being one. And that was after racing with him for 10 years...This is a cycling team, not a group of friends."
re: Lance: "I'll go for six" ... "Kevin's no friend of mine"Me Dot Org
Feb 2, 2002 10:19 AM
Lance would do well to stay away from the subject of 6 until he wins 5, and not talk about 5 until he wins 4. I think he is a great rider, and if I had the talent and discipline to win 3 straight tours I'd be thinking the same thing, but the press will eat him alive. I don't know - maybe this is part of the way he motivates himself, but I think it's a little early to be talking about it.
re: Lance: "I'll go for six" ... "Kevin's no friend of mine"flying
Feb 2, 2002 11:46 AM
I agree he should let his legs do the talking.
But what I thought really sounded bad was on the one hand to say I want to win 6 or 3 more & then say this....
"Armstrong stated that if he lost this year’s Tour he would probably retire."
I don't think so...TJeanloz
Feb 2, 2002 11:57 AM
I think the implication is: "I want to establish myself among the greats, and winning 6 Tours is the only way." At this point, he's a second tier racer in the historical sense- a LeMond, Rominger, Poulidor. He's no Merckx- and even with 6 Tours he wouldn't be, but he would be on the same platform with the Cannibal.

To get into that first group, he would have to equal Indurain and win 5- and even then, he would only be Indurain's equal. 6 (and maybe and hour record or Olympic gold) is what it will take for him to be elevated into the cycle-god category with Merckx, Anqutil, and Coppi. As a cancer survivor, he has nothing left to prove- as a bike racer, there's some unfinished business.

As for retiring in the event of losing- well, losing would essentially mean that 6 Tours in a row (or 6 at all) would be impossible. And that would forever keep him out of the strata that he wants to be in- so why continue to ride if your lifelong professional goal cannot be met?
I, too, don't think so...jason in nh
Feb 2, 2002 5:50 PM
I think that he will never be a legend in the sense that merckx is a legend today. the only way that he could become a legend is to become an all around rider. he is a great rider, but does not have the stuff that legends are made of, a huge ego yes he has that
Yeah, but did Merckx overcome cancer?Sintesi at home
Feb 3, 2002 7:00 AM
Although he only truely competes to win in a few events a year, LA will become a legendary athlete in years to come simply by making one of the greatest comebacks of the century. And let's face it, no one will ever equal the feats of Merckx or Coppi, no one even seriously thinks it's possible anymore.
how about ifcyclopathic
Feb 3, 2002 2:36 AM
he crashes or gets sick?