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(As yet) untold history of 03 TdF?(6 posts)

(As yet) untold history of 03 TdF?commuterguy
Jul 27, 2003 4:25 AM
Lance has referred a couple of times (that I have heard) to "things that have been going on that he hasn't talked about" in this year's TdF. He has been upfront about his problems with (1) stomach problems from the antibiotic or illness prior to the start, (2) his rubbing rear brake on the Alp d'Heuz (sp?) stage, (3) his serious dehydration problem in the first ITT, and of course (4) his X-country detour after Beloki crashed. Anyone have any clues about what else has been going on? I think Bruyneel made the same point yesterday.
re: (As yet) untold history of 03 TdF?Len J
Jul 27, 2003 5:33 AM
Eventually, we will know the truth:

My guess is that he had a more serious injury in his fall in the Dauphne Libre (Sp?) that was aggravated in the crash in stage one. The team hid it hoping that it would stem the attacks on Lance in the mountains.

The scarier possibility is that his cancer is back. I have to admit that it was the first thing that came to mind when I heard his quote. I hope this is not the case.

We will just have to wait and see.

Len
I don't think your fears will be confirmedcommuterguy
Jul 27, 2003 5:36 AM
I think LA is saying he will be back next year to go for 6. Also, as competitive as he is, I doubt he would postpone treatment for anything, even the TdF.

Note: after I posted this, I saw on the TdF discussion board a similar post, which added some info on suspected sabotage (LA's brake, and a teammate's mysterious wheel loss). That is pretty sick, if true.
From Yahoo sportsPicshooter
Jul 27, 2003 7:45 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/news?slug=reu-tourarmstrongquotes&prov=reuters&type=lgns
that was my worst fear as well.rufus
Jul 27, 2003 9:53 AM
hopefully this isn't the case, as the talk of going for #6 seems to indicate.
tendonitis in hips from new shoes and cleats. nm.frankamo
Jul 28, 2003 4:43 AM