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Anybody think this will be LA's last year, win or not?(5 posts)

Anybody think this will be LA's last year, win or not?amflyer
Jul 18, 2003 8:37 PM
If he wins, he goes out on top in a select few. If he loses, he doesn't risk coming back next year in even worse form. Who knows, maybe this is just the unluckiest year possible for Lance; teammates hurt in early season, crashes (both in the peloton and himself), and the HEAT. Seems like the peloton and the circumstances are all converging this year to make things sticky for the champ. All I really care is that whenever he does decide to step down, it would be nice if he could get the same respect and support as another favorite of mine, Mr. Jalabert.

Just some thoughts

Steve
re: Anybody think this will be LA's last year, win or not?jschrotz
Jul 18, 2003 9:37 PM
I've been wondering that recently too. If he loses, will he come back and go for five and try to make yet another comeback of sorts? Or will he hang it up a la Indurain after his first loss? I'm starting to think that perhaps all of his super intense training and singular focus over the last 5 years has begun to take its toll.
I don't follow.shirt
Jul 18, 2003 10:14 PM
How is the heat unlucky? Does it affect Lance more than everyone else?

Regarding his crashing, the quality of those extremely minor biffs will take just about zero from his abilities.

Regarding his team, I don't think he's EVER had a stronger team. I could give many examples, but I think their commanding seizure of the TTT is reason enough. Which they've never done before.

If Lance loses, it will be because Jan decides to beat him. Save catastrophic happenstance, those two will be first and second. There is no other realistic scenario. The only question is who will be standing on the taller box...
I don't follow.jumphress
Jul 18, 2003 10:51 PM
Lance has said in the past that he prefers cooler conditions - this is easily the hottest tour of the past five. And while he has a strong team, they can't pedal the bike for him. I think that some of his team rode harder than they should have in the ITT. I would imagine that Bruyneel would have had them under orders to soft-pedal.
I don't follow.flying
Jul 19, 2003 9:45 AM
If Lance loses, it will be because Jan decides to beat him. Save catastrophic happenstance, those two will be first and second. There is no other realistic scenario. The only question is who will be standing on the taller box...


Well said & I agree