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Lance=machine(7 posts)

Jul 27, 2001 7:15 AM
Sheesh. The guy is amazing. Won by over a minute! He's sprinting to the line. Unbelievable.

It's amazing to me how at this elite level one guy can be so much stronger than the rest of the field. Simply amazing.
Yikes! He's on FIREGuillermo
Jul 27, 2001 7:22 AM
Lance finished in 1:14 and 16 seconds. That means that he averaged 30.62 mph!!! Forget the machine, that's HUMAN power!!!
LA = Tigers Woods (nm)Spokes
Jul 27, 2001 8:55 AM
I really want to beat on the next person who compares LA & woodsak
Jul 27, 2001 10:17 AM
if you don't know why by now, you havn't been paying attention.
AK, I'll join you on that!!! (NM)Cima Coppi
Jul 27, 2001 12:17 PM
Ok, how about Michael Jordan??bigdave
Jul 27, 2001 5:37 PM
Man, I never thought I'd even be suggesting this, as even *I* would have probably flamed the guy who suggested it at one time. H*ll, I don't even really like basketball. But I am wearing my nomex undies, so here goes...

The Alpe d'Huez stage got me thinking about this comparison. And the more I think about it, the more I really think a Michael Jordan comparision is valid. In their day, they both dominated at the time it counted. During the biggest events, the most pressure-packed, they thrive on it.

When Lance gave Ulrich *the look* as he accelerated away, it was just like Jordan giving the defender the look before going around him in the blink of an eye.

And the competitive fire they have, the mental toughness to perform under the most difficult circumstances, is only the realm of a *very* select few.

Finally, they knew what it took to be the best, then they went out, worked their butts off and made it happen. Jordan's case: he could always score, but to be the best, he had to be a great defender. He worked on it and became awesome defensively. Lance's case: he was a great all-rounder, but needed to climb well to win the Tour. He trained incessantly on hills and look at the results.

Maybe it is risky to make comparisons to two hugely different sports. But that desire to be the best, that competitive fire, that mental toughness, are qualities that make great athletes. And my humble opinion is that Lance and Jordan are the best ever when it comes to those qualities.

(zipping up his nomex suit)
Relax boys...Spokes
Jul 28, 2001 3:38 PM
Just a personal observation, and not anything I've heard or read. You guys can be so uptight! Go for a ride on a mountain bike, actually smile or greet someone as you pass them, and the world will be a happier place!