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What is the unknown problem that plagued Armstong's Tour?(14 posts)

What is the unknown problem that plagued Armstong's Tour?humbert
Jul 28, 2003 10:27 AM
Lance made at least two references to problems known and unknown that made this Tour so difficult. Does anyone have any idea what the unkwon problems might be? I get the sense that Lance will eventually talk about the unknowns but did not want to appear to make excuses or whine during the race.
I think it's still an "unknown problem"; we could only guess nmDougSloan
Jul 28, 2003 10:32 AM
I think he was more sick than he made out he was (nm)TJeanloz
Jul 28, 2003 10:42 AM
Shoe/pedal fit?fracisco
Jul 28, 2003 10:50 AM
I read in a couple of places about Lance's problems with some new shoes and the fit on the pedals causing tendonitis in the hips from new shoes and cleats.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2003/jul03/jul28news

Could that have explained why he was standing so much on some of the climbs?
Could almost believe as Nike shoes suuuuuuccckkk!The Weasel
Jul 29, 2003 9:47 AM
Though I'm sure his case is different than others.
his mojo wasn't working nmmohair_chair
Jul 28, 2003 11:01 AM
An early problem was an upset tummy ...Humma Hah
Jul 28, 2003 11:18 AM
... a dose of what may have been the intestinal flu, contracted from his kid. I believe Carmichael reported that in his column. He rode with that for the first few days.
would be surprized if he didn'tcyclopathic
Jul 29, 2003 12:01 PM
with heat and as much water they had to take many riders had dehydration/intestinal problems. After every stage they had to put ~30% riders on IV.
Sabotage, death threats, al Qaeda . . .ElvisMerckx
Jul 28, 2003 11:44 AM
. . . just kidding.
I heard on the radiosnuz
Jul 28, 2003 11:46 AM
on the Howard Stern show, so take it for what it's worth, that Lance said he has to repair his marriage. Stern said that Lance's wife was leaving messages on his website, that she writes for, saying she was lonely and felt like a single mon because Lance is away from the house so much.

I came in halfway through the segment but they talked about it for a while.
Just so long he's cancer free... nmnoveread
Jul 28, 2003 11:57 AM
that's exactly why I can't seem to win the Tour ;-) nmDougSloan
Jul 28, 2003 12:51 PM
I heard on the radioPhatMatt
Jul 28, 2003 12:53 PM
I did not here the Howard stern show. But I did read an interview on LA.com that the tabloids were taking a lot of her articles out of context. I think it was illness and the issues with his marriage he has been going through.

Matt
He and his wifesnuz
Jul 28, 2003 2:02 PM
had a trial seperation earlier this year. I'm sure this was still on his mind. Good luck to them.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/cycling/news/2003/02/27/armstrong_murcia/