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What does LA weigh?(10 posts)

What does LA weigh?flying
Jul 11, 2003 1:12 PM
Just wondering what Armstrongs body weight was going into this years tour?
usually 155 lbs at Tour nmDougSloan
Jul 11, 2003 6:34 PM
actually...BAi9302010
Jul 12, 2003 8:10 AM
...in an interview with him in the velonews TDF guide he says that he is going into this tour in his 2000 and 2001 weight, which was 74 kilos (163 pounds), compared to the weight last year when he says he was 75 kilos (165 pounds). Remember, he's a pretty muscular guy, not a skinny rider like Virenque or Pantani who are probably around 120-130 (and several inches shorter).
Virenque is 5'10"collinsc
Jul 12, 2003 8:58 AM
(and so is Lance) and about 140-143lbs. Much leaner than Lance but not so shrimpy as Pantani.

LA always looks so ripped on in his TT getup. The extra muscle certainly doesnt hurt him, and we know he will always school guys like Virenque in the TTs.
158?DougSloan
Jul 12, 2003 11:27 AM
http://www.trainright.com/ctscafe/memberjournals/lancearmstrong/01012000.htm

>For example, during the Tour de France Lance weighed 158 pounds and he stands five feet ten inches, or seventy inches.
165 at the start, 155 at the endMaRider
Jul 12, 2003 1:05 PM
I think Lance loses a lot of weight during the Tour.
His pre-race weight is listed at 165lbs (75kg), measured by Tour's physicians.

Here's something I posted on another website:

One of the heaviest guys in the field has retired today - Michael Rich of Gerolsteiner (85kg/187lbs). Jan Kirsipuu of AG2R (80kg/176lbs) is another heavy sprinter who couldn't handle the climbs today. This is heavy, but not quite 200lbs.

Amazingly enough, the two heaviest guys still remaining in the race are probably USPS's workhorses George Hincapie and Pavel Padrnos who are 83kg/183lbs. Both are about 6'3".

There are three riders who are even taller at 6'4" - Andy Flickinger, Paolo Fornaciari and Vladimir Karpets. The shortest rider is Samuel Dumoulin at 5'2".

Average rider at this year's Tour is 5'10" and 154lbs.

The lightest rider is AG2R's Botcharov (118lbs).

The rest of the riders are typically in 140-160lbs range.

Not all sprinters are tall and heavy, though:
Petacchi who dominated sprints for the past week and who also retired today while wearing green jersey is merely 70kg/154lb - actually lighter than Armstrong or Ullrich, who are pretty bulky for their climbing ability - both are listed at 160+lb. Some of the other sprinters are not bulky either. Zabel is 150lbs, while McEwen is even lighter - 145lbs.

David Millar is another heavyset guy who might end up among top 10 in GC - he is 170lbs.

While there's some correlation between the frame size/weight and sprinting/TT/climbing ability, it's not as straightforward as one would expect
no way...BAi9302010
Jul 12, 2003 2:50 PM
LA loses 10 pounds in the Tour. He goes into the tour probably 3-4% body fat. Maybe 5 pounds at most. He's pobably 158 by the end if he starts at 163.
and VirenqueBAi9302010
Jul 12, 2003 2:51 PM
is like 57kg's (120-125 pounds), not in the 140's.

just look at this photo:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour.php?id=photos/2003/tour03/stage7/olympia/VIRENQUE-1767
Virenque = 141-144 lbsMaRider
Jul 12, 2003 3:28 PM
Photos can be deceptive. He is pretty tall, probably taller than he appears on TV too.

LeTour.fr has his stats as: "Height : 1.79 m
Weight : 65.0 kg", which was probably measured during pre-Tour physical.

Additional Bio:
Richard Virenque:
Born: November 19, 1969 in Casablanca
Height: 1.79 m
Weight: 65 kg

Another reference:
Richard Virenque was born in Casablanca, Morocco on November 19, 1969. He turned pro in 1991. His height is 5'10½" (179 cm) and weight is 141 pounds (64 kg).

There's no way he is 120 and every other reference is wrong.

Armstrong's bio at USPS says "height: 5'11"/180cm. weight: 165 lbs./74 kg".

Carmichael's website has: "Height: 5'10 Weight: 166 lbs."

US Olympic site has him at: "Height: 5'10" Weight: 170 lbs."

Velonews: "5 ft. 10 in. Weight: 165lbs."

Cycling4fans: "Height: 5' 11" Weight: 160 lbs"

I also found this in one of the article on Lance:
http://www.3athlon.org/news/2002/07/04072002_carmichael.php

"Carmichael also encouraged Armstrong to drop below 155 pounds for a greater weight-to-strength ratio on his build of 5 feet, 11 inches. "The less I weigh, the better off I am in the mountains," Armstrong said. "Losing 10 pounds is like throwing a barbell away every time I ride uphill."

I am not implying that Lance loses 10 lbs of *fat* during the Tour, but he does lose *some* weight as the Tour goes on - he looks visibly more gaunt, if you compare his interviews following the prologue and the last ITT or mountain stage, he looks completely different.

It's very difficult for riders to maintain a high-calorie input, and I am fairly confident most riders have trouble maintaining their optimal weight. I am pretty sure if you weighed Lance at the pre-Tour press-conference and after the last stage of the Pyrenees, he would be 5-10 lbs lighter. It could be a combination of muscle loss, dehydration or decreased body fat, but maintaining proper body weight in order to guarantee a decent power output during the final ITT is one of Lance's (and Carmichael's) priorities, which tells you right away, this effect is indeed real.
no, he is in the 140scollinsc
Jul 12, 2003 4:35 PM
For comparisons, look at Tom Danielson, the skinniest dude of the same height that I am aware of.
Tom is 5'10" and 129lbs, and in every picture looks at LEAST 10 lbs scrawnier than Virenque. Take it from me, I'm 5'10" 142lbs. I look quite a bit like Virenque.