7.27.2009

Tour de Classe

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Lance didn't win, yet he emerged the better for it. At 37, he did something the Lance of 27 would not have done: He made sure his teammate won. He kept to the party line amidst the constant stream of media attention. He kept his cool. And when his teammate was secure in yellow, he put on some of the most impressive shows of cycling I have seen in a long time. Covering a 2 minute gap up a mountainside, not once, but twice, borders on the heroic.

Contador, Schleck, Hushovd, and Pellizotti are all champions. (Yellow, Youngest, Most Consistent - e.g. sprint, and King of the Mountains). Perhaps it is not fair that Lance get so much attention when he didn't win. Still, he really did emerge looking like a champion and a gentleman. What more could you ask for?

3 comments:

elanit said...

Lance in 2010!! :)

bachrach44 said...

He also did some recruiting for new teammates on team radio shack. He said a whole lot of awfully nice things about Kloden, despite a past that can only be described as "checkered".

Shoshana said...

Don't forget his rant (in a good way) about Hincapie being denied one day in yellow. He was all about supporting others this year and it earned him A LOT of respect.

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