Funniest thing I've seen in a while.
How so? I must say that I wasn't thrilled when Lance announced that he was coming out of retirement, but you've got to admit that this is going to make for some very interesting situations, unless Lance falls flat on his face from the outset, which I sincerely doubt. He spent last summer kicking butt on the mountain bike curcuit just for the fun of it, And when you see guys like Carlos Sastra and Oscar Perrerio winning the Tour, it's got to make him wonder why he quit in the first place. No offense to Sastra, he's a great rider in his own right, but when Lance was competing, Sastra wasn't even considered a serious contender. It will be interesting how things unfold within Team Astana and the situation with Contador. Unless Lance fails badly in the beginning, I can't see them supporting Contador. He can't count on Levi, he and Lance have been buds since who knows when, same is true with a lot of guys on the team, some of them go back a long way with Lance. So unless it becomes apparent from the beginning that Lance doesn't have a chance to win, I think Contador is screwed. But I think he's out of there regardless in 2010 when his contract expires. Bruyneel surely knew that he was going to ruffle some feathers when he took Lance back, but I think the thought of being able to field a team that has got to rival any that has ever ridden in the Tour was probably too intoxicating for him to pass up on. And Contador hasn't exactly looked unbeatable lately, either. His motivation could very well be suffering, or maybe he's just sulking a little, I'm sure he can read the writing on the wall. So yes, I wish Lance had stayed retired, but is it going to be boring? Hardly.
I really just don't care about the tour this year.....and last year too as I recall.
I've really been enjoying the Spring Classics more and more the last few years.
Also been watching more and more 'cross too.
I wish the race radio in the ear would go away. The riders should be doing their own thinking,
I feel this has really taken away from pro cycling but even more so in the longer stage racing.
The biggest question about Bike Tours these days aren't who wins. It's if he will pass the drug test afterwards.
The cheaters have spoiled it for me to be excited about who wins. And I think Lance is a Smuck as a person.
I see Lance taking over from Bruyneel in 3-4 years.
He spent last summer kicking butt on the mountain bike curcuit just for the fun of it, And when you see guys like Carlos Sastra and Oscar Perrerio winning the Tour, it's got to make him wonder why he quit in the first place. No offense to Sastra, he's a great rider in his own right, but when Lance was competing, Sastra wasn't even considered a serious contender.
He beat Evans , who _was_ the great Ozzy hope in Lance's day. The only issue I have with Sastre now is whether or not he did actually ride into his legs in the Giro or whether he had an assist. We have seen this pattern from him before, of his being total caca after a rest day.
See, I read it as: Lance is there for the tactical sense and for giving focus to whoever will be team leada afterwards.
Contador can lateral to CdE almost anytime he wants to, the way I read it.
<shrug> I think he's just saving his legs, so that he doesn't sag like Levi did in the Giro.
Sastre: podium or not? I say: NOT
Menchov: podium or not? I say: YES
Levi: podium or not? I say: NOT, maybe a stage win in France profonde somewhere.
Kloden: podium or not? I say: NOT
Evans: podium or not? I say: YES
Liquigas will fall on their collective face _again_.
Basso thinks Lance will win - http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/basso-armstrong-will-be-a-beast-at-the-tour