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Subtle message... No #6(12 posts)

Subtle message... No #6jose_Tex_mex
Jul 26, 2003 10:02 AM
I don't think Lit was a cake-walk for Lance. There were a lot of variables that you just could not account for. However, I do not believe he was ever in as much trouble as we were led to believe.

I think this is Lance's subtle way of saying it has been a great 5 years, but that's it. I think he is tired and will leave on a high note.

Just like Indurain, I do not think there will be an attempt at #6. He has proven what he needed to. I think he wants to get back to the family thing.

Just my $0.02
whaaaaat?esbike
Jul 26, 2003 10:09 AM
I think you are confused. He's already said he'll be back next year. And Indurain did try for #6 and lost to Bjarne Riis, now coach for CSC.
maybe...jose_Tex_mex
Jul 26, 2003 10:30 AM
Yep - I was wrong. I knew Indurain had a bad spring and that Riis won. I just forgot he beat Indurain. I think I was still in denial due to no more LeMond.

As for Lance, when did he say he would be back for a sixth? That would be an interesting quote. Although, I am sure he will be answering that question relentlessly over the next few days.
from Reutersesbike
Jul 26, 2003 10:42 AM
Armstrong relieved after 'most difficult Tour'

Armstrong, who pledged to return next year to try to become the first rider to win the race six times, told the tale of his long and hard path to a fifth victory.

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As a result, unlike other years, the American will take a big rest before thinking about the next Tour, shunning the world championships as he has done in previous years. "Normally, preparation for the next year starts the next day, on Monday," he said.

"This Tour took a lot out of me, the stress was much higher than it has been in the past. I need to step back from cycling and relax a little bit and focus on 2004 in due time."

In any case, Armstrong will return hoping to achieve what no other rider has done.

"I'll be back next year and I'm not coming back to be second but hopefully to come back to the level I was in the first four Tours. Because this was not acceptable," he said.
maybe...jose_Tex_mex
Jul 26, 2003 10:59 AM
Yep - I was wrong. I knew Indurain had a bad spring and that Riis won. I just forgot he beat Indurain. I think I was still in denial due to no more LeMond.

As for Lance, when did he say he would be back for a sixth? That would be an interesting quote. Although, I am sure he will be answering that question relentlessly over the next few days.
thoughts on #6esbike
Jul 26, 2003 1:06 PM
Even though he said he's coming back next year, I wonder
if he should. Is there much difference between 5 and 6? Five puts him in with the greats. In fact, Hinault greeted Armstrong on the podium by saying "Welcome to the club". Even if he wins six, nobody will ever say he was the greatest cyclist of all time, they will just keep saying Eddy won everything, Indurain won the Giro, LA only trains for one race, etc, etc. He will have the record for TdF wins, but I don't think that moves him above the others.
i wanna see him go for the giro/tour doublerufus
Jul 26, 2003 4:49 PM
would handicap his chances in the tour enough to really see what he's made of, and it would be good for the sport. and if he doesn't get 6, he's respected those who achieved before him by equalling, but not surpassing.
I want to see him win six.lanterne rouge
Jul 26, 2003 5:11 PM
All this talk about respecting the record by not trying for six is a bunch of hooey. It is my belief that records are made to be broken. You do more to respect a record by doing your best to better it. If he doesn't win six then it shows just how hard it is. The days of Grand Tour doubles are over. I think that has been proven this year with Simoni, who was in fantastic shape in the Giro and couldn't stay with the lead groups in the Tour. The last man to "double" was Pantani, and that was after half the racers dropped out of the Tour due to the Festina drug scandal. So as far as I am concerned that win is suspect. So again, I say I HOPE HE GOES FOR SIX!

Disclaimer: Sorry for being so adamant, but all this respect the record by not challenging it stuff is really silly to me.
Say whaaaasnuz
Jul 26, 2003 6:25 PM
'He will have the record for TdF wins, but I don't think that moves him above the others.'

Last time I checked, 6>5.
Say whaaaaesbike
Jul 27, 2003 9:20 PM
I only meant that, in terms of overall ranking of legendary cyclists, I doubt a sixth tdf would make him the greatest of all champions. Eddy M. would still be the best ever.
One his website, he said he will be back...Alpedhuez55
Jul 26, 2003 7:16 PM
This was from Lance Armstrong.com:

"I'll be back next year, and I'm not coming back to be second, but hopefully to come back to the level I was in the first four Tours. Because this was not acceptable," he said.

He called a press conference after the race. He announced he will be back. My friend in Denmark was saying the announcers were worried he would retire and Postal would steal Tyler Hamilton back. They ended up being wrong.

It was nice to see Tyler move up from 6th to 4th today. He had a great race and could not be happier for him!!! He has also become very popular in Denmark since signing with CSC. There is talk that CSC is going after Millar for next season.

Mike Y.
regardless of the number, maybe he just likes doing this? nmDougSloan
Jul 28, 2003 10:55 AM