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Who will Lance Armstrong pass the torch to?(26 posts)

Who will Lance Armstrong pass the torch to?Smeagol
Jun 19, 2003 12:18 PM
Who will be considered the next American to have the talent to pick up where Lance will leave off after next year.
So you think it will be an American, huh? nmthe bull
Jun 19, 2003 12:40 PM
I think it more likely....ClydeTri
Jun 19, 2003 12:49 PM
that there might be an extended period where you dont have a Lance, or Miguel Indurain, or other top rider who rips off three or four wins in a row. YOu might get it where a new guy wins every year as in 96-98 when Riis, Uulrich and Pantani won...is that better or worse for racing? good question...
We will probally never see multiple wins agian!the bull
Jun 19, 2003 1:19 PM
Maybe two or three at most but not like Lance.
He has changed the way cyclists are going to train and compete in races.Cyclists will train like Lance for one event.This will make it harder and harder to win a tour multiple times.I think Lance will get 6 before he stops doing it.It will be a cycling history and the record will never be beaten!Cycling will become more and more popular.Once it is Americans will probally dominate the sport, but only time will tell.
What!Dwayne Barry
Jun 19, 2003 3:20 PM
"Americans will probably dominate the sport", you have to be kidding!

You have to have the talent pool to draw from, even though we have a large population, relatively very few of us cycle. In countries like Belgium everybody rides and so most anyone with talent is picked out.

Also Europe is the epicenter of the sport and that isn't likely to change. So it's hard to see Americans dominating the sport. We're pretty low-down in the ranking of countries (8th in the world) and if you removed the points of our one exceptional rider we would tumble down the ranking to the level of such cycling power houses as Columbia and Portugal!
Read the last two senteces carefully and rember the PROBALLY!NMthe bull
Jun 19, 2003 3:36 PM
OK, you are aware....Dwayne Barry
Jun 20, 2003 12:41 AM
that kids are becoming less and less active and that the way our country has decided to space our housing relative to services/work etc. discourages bike use as a means of getting around (beyond some kids little subdivision), right?

Cycling is not going to take over America the way Basketball has, that's almost 100% for sure, so no way will Americans come to dominate pro cycling.
Maybe we will become a nation that producesSmeagol
Jun 20, 2003 4:15 AM
Playstation World Champions
I wouldn't bet against Tyler Hamilton (nm)jesse1
Jun 19, 2003 2:09 PM
some 15 yr old none of us has heard of nmPdxMark
Jun 19, 2003 1:06 PM
What about a Canadian? Nick! (nm)CHRoadie
Jun 19, 2003 1:23 PM
nm
re: Who will Lance Armstrong pass the torch to?Fender
Jun 19, 2003 1:34 PM
That's after he retires because he came in 2nd at this years tour right? Oh wait, he'll drop out because he doesn't ride for 2nd place.

I would assume Tyler might have a go at it, maybe not at 4 tours, but at least one or two. GO TYLER!
re: Who will Lance Armstrong pass the torch to?mackgoo
Jun 19, 2003 2:02 PM
Those are my thoughts also. If it wasn't for the record I'd be routing for Tyler now. There is just something about that cycling mumy that's so cool. Plus he's tough as nails, just goes woth the mumy costume.
re: Who will Lance Armstrong pass the torch to?mackgoo
Jun 19, 2003 1:59 PM
Tyler. The only reason he doesn't kick his ...... this year and next is because he's his friend and he'll let him get the record.
Isn't Tyler the same age (32) as Lance? nmBrooks
Jun 19, 2003 2:19 PM
Tyler is a year OLDER than Lance. nmnoveread
Jun 20, 2003 6:23 AM
Tyler spends too much time with the rubber side upreklar
Jun 19, 2003 3:06 PM
to win a major stage race. I'm amazed that he can even get close. Maybe he should try some MTB on for size so that he can improve his bike handling skills...j/k but seriously, this guy crashes a lot, no? What's with that?
Tyler spends too much time with the rubber side upmackgoo
Jun 19, 2003 5:06 PM
He's the mumy.
Luke nmSpoiler
Jun 19, 2003 3:07 PM
nm
Luke nmmackgoo
Jun 19, 2003 5:07 PM
Garaunteeeed his old lady won't let him near a bike.
Trek is already trying to get at the kid!teoteoteo
Jun 20, 2003 4:12 AM
I work at LA's Trek dealer and the kid is always getting bikes--hell they send LANCE bikes from Luke too. I think it's some kind evil plot. Luke even got a One-off Trike with aero tubes. Anyway, the old lady has a strong-willed man that calls Luke "The Boss". I see trouble ahead......
But think about the genetics of that kid!noveread
Jun 20, 2003 6:25 AM
Think about it... Lance, we all know about that freak, and Kristin, atletic herself. I believe she's a runner...

And two very attractive people to boot.

Noveread
Ty is too old and 1/2 the rider Armstrong isJimboTero
Jun 19, 2003 11:31 PM
The question, I believe, is which AMERICAN rider will pick up the torch from Lance as best U.S.tour contender. Hamilton is 32,crashes too much, and his best result in major tour is 2nd in the Giro because Simoni & Garzelli were suspended that year. Tyler is a great rider (smaller tours/hilly classics), but no rival for Lance in a major tour.Levi Leipheimer may still have time for improvement. I'd keep an eye on the American kid (does anyone out there remember his name ?) who won the Tour of Langkawi. The next 5 years or so, we'll see if we hear more of him...
Next tour winner after Lance ? I'll be conservative and say Beloki, Ullrich, or Heras (if T.T.improves ?) Botero may be too old by the time Lance is done. (He was ROBBED by doper Rumsas of his podium place !!)
Evans, Danielson and Popovych(sp?)...chrisbaby
Jun 20, 2003 6:03 AM
... i think will be the next big things. Beloki is not an aggressive rider. I don' think he has what it takes to win a GT.

It will be afew years before they com through, though.
Tom Danielson, won the Tour of Langkawifirstrax
Jun 20, 2003 6:09 AM
He showed up at our local hill climb (Mt Washington)last year and beat Tylers record. Too bad they stopped giving away Audi A4s for records. He's not just talented he has a very likeable personality.

more pictures here http://www.jsmcelvery.com/2002mw.html
Tom Danielson ! Yeah, he's the one...ThanksJimboTero
Jun 20, 2003 7:58 PM
Thanks - I was impressed by his win and personable interview but had forgotten his name.
Remember this guy, he could be the next one !
And I agree that Beloki doesn't show much agression, so maybe lacks the "killer instinct" to take the tour. Let's see what he does this year... Maybe too laid back to change