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Our hero going for a seven-peat . . .(11 posts)

Our hero going for a seven-peat . . .Drone 5200
Dec 18, 2003 8:33 PM

12/18 ~ In addition to an excellent presentation on behalf of the cancer community (and you can check out the related AACR Press Release), Lance also dropped some pretty big cycling info at the NPC yesterday.

"I will probably run two more Tours de France in 2004 and 2005," he told the National Press Club in Washington. "The team is in place and our preparation out of season has gone well." - good news indeed...
I'm cinical...divve
Dec 18, 2003 11:47 PM
My personal feeling is that his statement has a lot to do with his team trying to secure a new main sponsor after '04. I doubt Lance would come back to the TdF if he wins for a consecutive 6th time. Why spoil a perfect record?

It would however be entertaining if he decides to concentrate on the Giro for '05 and '06 and shut Simoni up once and for all:)
I'm cinical...Drone 5200
Dec 19, 2003 12:13 AM
Coming back to try, and fail, after you "should have" retired is a time honored tradition in sports (e.g., michael jordan). And lost of other things, too (e.g., the matrix II and III).

It doesn't bother me if he tries. I'd enjoy watching the effort.
Just to point out.... his record is not perfect! nm.russw19
Dec 19, 2003 1:00 PM
I think my boy Jan gonna make him REALLY work for it (nm)BNA_roadie
Dec 19, 2003 2:37 AM
...and I think Joseba Beloki...owmynads
Dec 19, 2003 7:26 AM
or Lance's boy Roberto Heras is REALLY, REALLY gonna make him work for it. Jan has a dream team. So does Roberto. I wish them both luck. Joseba's pissed because he had Lance on the ropes and crashed at the critical moment. But I'm from New England, and my money's on my boy Tyler. He's tougher than nails, and has the caps on his molars to prove it. If they can wrap enough of a team around him, he could be dangerous simply because he wants it. And he's proven to himself that he can win a stage and still finish damn near the podium with a broken collarbone...

It's going to be a very, very interesting July. I think that 101 is going to be more fun to watch than 100 was. And watching people jump teams like this in the off season is really just ramping up the tension. It's amazing to sit back and watch things build up.

Lance >= 7. no competition. nm.JS Haiku Shop
Dec 19, 2003 7:28 AM
re: Our hero going for a seven-peat . . .waynebo
Dec 19, 2003 8:08 AM
OK, Lance...whatever. I loved how he stated that Roberto Heras didn't do too well for the team in the Tour the last few years. What? Sure, he was subpar for '03 but unlike "our hero" , he rides more than 1 major tour per year. Stating that RH had only 5-6 good days for Postal the last few years is ludicrous. Another fine example of Lance's commentary on the TdF, which is often radically different from even the most casual observer (my wife for example). His statements are also another instance of how he downplays his former teammates and all-in-all it really is all about him (and his money).
This is worse than Campy/Shimano debate...funknuggets
Dec 19, 2003 9:05 AM
This comes up every two or three days it seems. It is a sport in which we all have favorite players/riders. Some say things to ire the others and to create marketing stir. We all have our beliefs, but some things hold true throughout history, the strongest teams do not always win, the strongest riders do not always win, and despite the best of research and knowledge, and our favorites do not always win.

So... with that being said, we will have a better clue once racing starts, and we will just have to see. Unfortunately, with the Mtn TT not occuring til the end, we also wont know how the podium will stand. Personally, Im tired of the debate. People that right off LA are fools. People that base their opinion on Ullrich's chances to win based on last years performance are fools.

The only thing that I can honestly say is that Heras will be a non-factor.
I wonder about Indurain...Chris T
Dec 19, 2003 9:51 AM
He was in the same situation as Lance is now, and definitely wanted that 6th win. While I wasn't following cycling back at that time (shame on me!), I know some of you on this board were. Was it a similar situation back at that time? Was he considered the one to beat? Did he make similar statements as Lance?

I'm not sure why people get riled up over Lance's comments. What's he supposed to say? "Oh, I'll ride but I'll probably lose"? I'm no Lance-o-phile, but I will give him this; I never would have started watching European bike racing if it hadn't been for his winning the TdF in 99 and the subsequent media coverage. It opened my eyes to the fact that there was this incredibly hard race, along with others, run every year for the past century.

I wonder about Indurain...divve
Dec 19, 2003 12:58 PM
There was something about that in last weeks interview between Lance and the Belgium TV. They momentarily touched on the subject of Indurain and his preparation of the Tour. Lance spoke of 7-8 hour training days and that you have to be doing them for proper preparation. If you aren't then you're simply not going to make it...Indurain wasn't doing enough or any of those days in the end.....