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Here you are at 185 heartbeats per minute and a cadence of 90-95 up a 9% grade in 95º, your main American challenger, a former lieutenent, has abandoned the race as the result of a crash, one of the best climbers in the world, a former lieutenent, with his new team set up to challenge you has crashed and is way off the back, your East German nemisis is off the back, and the Spanish man and his Basque team in their home turf who was supposed to blow you off of the Pyranees is brokenhearted off the back. Another Californian ex-teammate is sinking down the standings after returning from a crash that took him out of last year's Tour, and you've got a French kid from Martinique who holds on to the Yellow Jersey like snot on a finger and a bunch of other kids filling the high places.
To top it off you have to ascend through a cacauphony of drunks and morons, whether they like you or not, lining the steepest part of the race unchecked. (There was a lot of stupidity from even the American fans on the way to the top of Plateau de Beille.)
Look at how focused this guy is against all the broadsides, speculators, detractors, the hill, the talent. Look at the Team he and Bruyneel have put together and their execution.
Whether you like road racing or not, whether you like Lance or not, you must watch this event, if only for the next 6 stages but especially for the next Stages in the Alps. Bob Roll said the other day that Lance Armstrong always rises to the historic occasion. I think Bob has it backwards: Lance Armstrong MAKES the occasion historic.
 

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that snotty Voeckler kid is pretty cute in yellow
 

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Just one question...

CycleMainiac said:
that snotty Voeckler kid is pretty cute in yellow
Is that a picture of him giving the peace symbol, or is he giving the 2 finger salute?

JmZ
 
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