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Thread: Lance Armstrong - A Real American Hero

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    Lance Armstrong - A Real American Hero

    I was asked in an interview about 2 years ago, who my hero was.
    Without hesitation, I responded... Lance Armstrong. The man has overcome cancer, and won the Tour de France 4 times straight. He's now going for a record tying 5th straight win, the first American to do so, and only the 2nd ever... in a year that I personally would love to see an American do what no Frenchman could do...in France....

    LUZ-ARDIDEN, France (AP) - His yellow jersey smeared with dirt after a fall, Lance Armstrong got back on his bike with a fierce look that said it all: The Tour de France is slipping away. It's now or never.
    Riding like the four-time champion he is, Armstrong overcame a hard crash and two weeks of lackluster form to tear away from his closest challengers Monday and set cycling's premier race up for a gripping finale.
    In its 100-year history, the Tour has witnessed many epic days, but few like this.
    A spectator knocked Armstrong off his bike just as he was accelerating away from archrival Jan Ullrich in the day's last ascent, to the ski resort of Luz-Ardiden high in the misty Pyrenees.
    His left elbow grazed, the 31-year-old Texan picked himself up, remounted and, fueled by the adrenaline of the crash, stormed past Ullrich to perhaps save his chances of equaling Miguel Indurain's record of five successive Tour wins.
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    Ride Lance, Ride!!
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    He is my personal hero as well. Good read. Thanks Wharf.
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    Lance Armstrong without a doubt is the best athlete in the World.. In My Opinion... it's just amazing what these cyclists do..
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    Update:

    BAYONNE, France (AP) - Riding with the pain of a broken collarbone, veteran American racer Tyler Hamilton won his first ever stage in the Tour de France on Wednesday after a brave solo breakaway effort.

    Lance Armstrong retained his 67-second overall lead, with four days of racing left. He finished 24th in Wednesday's stage, 1 minute 55 seconds behind Hamilton.
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    They're out of the mountain stages now.... which is Armstrong's strength. He still has the yellow leader's jersey... but he'll have to ride hard to keep it. Ullrich isn't far behind.
    At least it was a fellow American who won today's stage... how about that guy Hamilton... winning a mountain stage with a broken collarbone!
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    Its Not About The Bike is one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. I highly reccomend it.
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    Update 7/24:

    Lance retains overall lead for another day!

    BORDEAUX, France (AP) - Saving himself and his overall lead for their great battle to come, Lance Armstrong finished grouped with archrival Jan Ullrich in the Tour de France's pancake-flat 17th stage Thursday, their focus on an expected race-deciding time trial.

    For Armstrong, the day's purpose was to stay safe, out of any crashes. Mission accomplished. His U.S. Postal Service team, racing in a long line at the front of the main pack of riders, guided him toward the finish in Bordeaux, southwestern France's wine capital.

    The four-time champion, pursuing Spanish great Miguel Indurain's record of five successive wins, placed 28th, just behind Ullrich. They finished in the same time, 8 minutes and 6 seconds behind Knaven, meaning Armstrong preserved his 67-second lead over the German with just three days of racing to go.

    Armstrong and Ullrich are fixing their attention on Saturday's individual time trial, when they race against the clock and try to clinch the overall title.
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    Armstrong is a great athlete and a good guy! He's alright in my book!
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    I'm very happy to see Lance getting some pub here in this forum as this is a man who embodies dedication, heart, determination, and sportsmanship. I've found myself looking forward to each stage of the Tour de France with an anticipation I've only felt for Dolphins games prior to this. When Lance has a good day and does something spectacular I cheer as though Ricky were breaking off an 80 yard TD run and when Lance has a bad day, I find myself a little bit less joyful for the remainder of the day.

    I realize that cycling isn't the easiest sport in the world to watch if you're not a cyclist, but I guarantee that if you take the time to really learn the sport behind what these guys are doing out there you will have a profound appreciation and enjoyment of this the most grueling event in all of sports.
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    Agreed Expo!!

    Nice post BTW.

    I know you're an avid cyclist, much more so than I. Personally, I prefer road riding, whereas, if I'm not mistaken, you're more of an off-road rider.
    When in decent shape, I can make the century mark, but not for days on end, and over those mountains, like they do in the Tour... I'd probably not make it past the 2nd day :goof:

    Anyway...few really appreciate the athleticism of these guys... to say it's "grueling" is an understatement.
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    Originally posted by WharfRat
    Agreed Expo!!

    Nice post BTW.

    I know you're an avid cyclist, much more so than I. Personally, I prefer road riding, whereas, if I'm not mistaken, you're more of an off-road rider.
    When in decent shape, I can make the century mark, but not for days on end, and over those mountains, like they do in the Tour... I'd probably not make it past the 2nd day :goof:

    Anyway...few really appreciate the athleticism of these guys... to say it's "grueling" is an understatement.
    I actually do both these days. I picked up a roadie (Giant TCR 2) a couple of months ago and I've been logging some serious time on the road. I bought the ride for training but I've discovered that I enjoy road riding nearly as much as I do MTB'ing.

    After logging several hundred miles on my new bike and feeling spent after a solid 40-60 miles, I have an even more profound respect for Lance, Ullrich, Hamilton, and the rest of that field for doing this over a span of three weeks and 2,000+ miles with 7 stages up hills that make me wimper at the very sight of them.

    At any rate, it's good to know that there are a couple of other people around here who are enjoying Lance's incredible outing (and the rest of this epic Tour de France for that matter) as much as I am.

    BTW, did you happen to catch Tyler Hamilton's incredible 170k breakaway yesterday? That had to be one of the most amazing pieces of cycling I've ever seen!
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