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Very inspiring Tour de France.(7 posts)

Very inspiring Tour de France.Groucho Marx
Jul 20, 2001 9:28 AM
Very very few of us will be the best at what we do. I'm certain I won't be, and in this tour the france, I have been greatly inspired by Jan Ullrich's never say die performance in the face of inevitability. Even when Lance was padding his lead, Jan was still giving it absolutely everything he had.

I often really feel sorry for the guy. Fighting inevitability is one of toughest things in the world, as I'm sure Lance can attest (but that's a another story). But somehow Jan has found the motiviation and the will the ride on the verge of collapse, even while most people are asking: When will Lance put on the yellow?

As much as its great to see such great performances from Lance, the tour would be awfully dull without Jan Ullrich. And what he has done in this Tour I greatly appreciate. Though not everybody seems to be able to, or want to. (He's german, and probably has no passion for anythinig). Thats too bad, its a very important part of the sport.

I'll probably never be the best, and in this tour de France, I have been greatly inspire by Jan, who has the will to suffer (just look at the pictures of him on the climbs!), and to do what he obviously loves to do, whereas others will quit. I have alot of respect for him. And at least in my opinion, I think he deserves it.

Not everyone can be the best, but what's left for the rest of us if not first place? To me Jan has become much more personable, and very inspiring. Kudos to him.

It will have been a great Tour. (even if palpable)
(now back to your regularily scheduled Lance Armstrong story).

By the way! What about Oscar Sevilla! He's a cool little climber! I really like the Kelme team. Just when you think they're fresh out of their best riders, they come out some new gem of a cyclist! I can't wait till he one day duels it out with Roberto Heras. The Kelme team has been so good for cycling, its great to see that it stuck together after all its difficulties.
You're right...Old Guy
Jul 20, 2001 10:24 AM
It was more fun to hate Fignon. And it was more gratifying to see LeMond hand him his ass on a silver platter in '89.
ain't over til it's over ...bianchi boy
Jul 20, 2001 11:21 AM
I agree with you about Ullrich, but I think the race is far from over. There are so many variables that could affect Armstrong (or any of the other riders) -- crashes, flats, bonks, illnesses. Armstrong certainly looks like the favorite at this point, but I wouldn't rule out Ullrich just yet (or the other top five riders). I still think it was mistake letting that breakaway build up the huge lead in Stage 9.
ain't over til it's over ...AD14
Jul 20, 2001 12:25 PM
It sure seems like it would have been a lot easier to have kept that huge break down to 15 minutes or so. Lance would use a lot less energy making up the deficit as would his team. Today postal pushed and I hope they have enough left to control the action all the way to Paris.
I also feel sorry that he can only beat the other 187 ridersBruno S
Jul 20, 2001 11:33 AM
If you feel sorry for Ullrich you should be crying for the other 187 riders. Even though he now knows that he will not be able to beat Lance he is surely motivated to not let anyone else beat him to second place.
re: Very inspiring Tour de France.kinglouie
Jul 20, 2001 2:20 PM
It's too bad Pantani isn't riding in form. Also Simoni. So instead you have one man trying to battle Lance. Also should have had team Mercury. They were "hungry". I'm sure they would have been aggressive. Hey, maybe Jan should defect to Mercury.
re: Very inspiring Tour de France.jschrotz
Jul 20, 2001 3:47 PM
While Jan on the Mercury team would be intriguing, it ain't gonna happen. Ullrich pretty well signed away the rest of his riding days to Telekom earlier this year.