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(ABC)   Lance Armstrong crashes on first leg of Tour de France, steals bike and finishes in the middle of the pack   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 159
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2003-07-06 01:06:14 PM
This dude makes me proud to be both American and a Texan.
 
2003-07-06 01:08:50 PM
Doesn't he do this every year? He starts off a little slow, spotting the favorites some time and making them think that this is finally their year, and then he comes back to win.
 
2003-07-06 01:12:37 PM
Average headline 1.5 facts correct out of 3 possible.
 
2003-07-06 01:44:31 PM
its the tour de france, its a silly race...
 
2003-07-06 02:12:41 PM
Wooohoo go Lance
 
2003-07-06 02:24:33 PM
That took some balls.

/even I hate myself for that one.
 
2003-07-06 02:50:53 PM
I have to admit this year I haven't really followed the season, barely paid attention even to the Giro. But the first thing I'm going to check eveyday for the next three weeks is the TdF standings.

Go Lance!
 
2003-07-06 03:19:04 PM
The link no longer goes to the article on Lance Armstrong. The new title is "Lunke leads but Annika closes at Women's Open". The Fark headline did give me a lovely mental image of Armstrong furiously peddling on a pink Huffy bike as a little girl cries in the background.
 
2003-07-06 04:02:29 PM
nasty, nasty crash today within a few hundred yards (eff you, metric) of the finish...

wait for the team time trial. and the alpe d'huez.

big texan things are coming.

/geek
 
2003-07-06 04:07:32 PM
Don't mess with Texas.
 
2003-07-06 04:42:15 PM
The Fark headline did give me a lovely mental image of Armstrong furiously peddling on a pink Huffy bike as a little girl cries in the background.



hahahhaa :)
 
2003-07-06 05:34:20 PM
Lance is amazing, unhuman-like
(and this coming from a Canadian)

...would like to have seen Armstrong race against Indurain when they were both in their prime. Indruain had a resting heartbeat of 29 bpm - insane
 
2003-07-06 06:15:37 PM
seems like 7forty7 will be umm like taking a 747 to hell...

got nothin'
 
2003-07-06 06:25:45 PM
From what I hear, Armstrong's resting heartbeat is right around there.
 
2003-07-06 06:45:15 PM
Quick half-assed google search:

Armstrong: 32 -- Armstrong's resting heart rate. The average resting heart rate for a man is 70 beats per minute.
85 -- Armstrong's VO2 Max rating, which measures the amount of oxygen the lungs can consume during exercise. An average healthy male might rate a 40.


Indurain: With a resting heart beat of 28 per minute and an eight-litre lung capacity...
And his VO2 Max rating is 88
 
2003-07-06 06:45:17 PM
VexedThespian: seems like 7forty7 will be umm like taking a 747 to hell...

I know it. The second that I hit the "add comment" button, I knew I was wrong. The messed up thing is I really do admire the guy. He is a tremendous athlete and from all reports he is a great person as well.

Oh well, I live in Phoenix, so hell should not be too bad. Plus, I hear they are making SPF 100 these days.
 
2003-07-06 07:00:27 PM
7forty7

I live in Phx, too... my girlfriend just visited for a week from New Orleans...

she was ready to die whenever we stepped outside... doesn't help that my car doesn't have A/C...

/back to the pool
 
2003-07-06 08:04:11 PM
Can someone tell me why I'm getting women's golf instead of the article this thread is about? I know Lance lost a nut, but I don't think he went through a sex change.
 
2003-07-06 08:06:44 PM
[The URL keeps changing. Find it here: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/sports/ No pics.]

MEAUX, France -- Four-time champion Lance Armstrong was thrown from his bike but not seriously hurt in a crash involving about 35 riders sprinting for the finish line in the first full stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.


Alessandro Petacchi of Italy, just ahead of the pack that crashed, won the stage and immediately blamed Tour organizers for the pileup, saying the corner where the accident took place, a few hundred yards from the finish, was dangerous.

"We're made to wear a helmet, but then they give us a dangerous corner so close to the finish. That's something that should not be on the route in such an important race as the Tour de France,'' he said.

A Spanish rider, Jose Enrique Gutierrez, was first to go down, slipping in the turn. Other riders, including Armstrong, who is vying for a record-tying fifth consecutive title, piled into him.

Many other cyclists were blocked behind the mass of fallen riders and bikes.

Tour doctors said five riders were taken to a hospital for X-rays, including U.S. rider Tyler Hamilton, a former teammate of Armstrong's now cycling for the Danish CSC team. Hamilton has a broken collarbone and appears to be doubtful for the rest of the Tour.

"It doesn't look good,'' said team spokesman Brian Nygaard. He said a team doctor would examine Hamilton before deciding whether he could keep racing.

A French rider, Jimmy Casper, injured his neck.

Armstrong completed the race on the bike of U.S. Postal teammate Jose Luis Rubiera. Armstrong had a flat, and the wheel wouldn't turn, so Rubiera got off his bike and handed it to Armstrong.

"It is never good to crash, but it wasn't that bad,'' Armstrong said. "We all just fell over and got piled on top of.

"It kind of makes for a hard day but it's good to get the first one (stage) over with. Unfortunately, we had a bad ending at the end of it, but it's OK.''

The 31-year-old Texan bruised his right thigh and scratched his left shoulder, U.S. Postal team spokesman Jogi Muller said. Armstrong held his hand to his back as he later boarded the team bus, but he had no visible injuries.

Two of Armstrong's teammates also went down. George Hincapie sustained cuts on his left knee, and Vjatceslav Ekimov had scratches, Muller said.

Tour competition director Jean-Francois Pescheux denied the course was at fault.

"If people tell me today that it was dangerous, then they should stop cycling,'' he said.

Before the race, Armstrong said his goal for the day was to stay out of trouble and save his strength for a team time trial later in the week and punishing mountain stages, where he often leaves rivals in his wake.

"It's a dangerous week, as we all know, and you need to avoid problems and accidents,'' he said.

Petacchi beat Robbie McEwen of Australia in the dash for the finish. German Erik Zabel was third. Petacchi covered the 104-mile course in 3 hours, 44 minutes and 33 seconds. McEwen and Zabel were just behind.

Australian Bradley McGee retained the yellow jersey as the overall leader. McGee won the opening individual 4.03-mile time trial in Paris on Saturday.

Armstrong is eighth in the overall standings, with 19 days of racing remaining.

The race started from Le Reveil Matin, a restaurant in the southeastern Paris suburb of Montgeron. The first Tour started there in 1903.

The riders first cycled south before turning east and then north to finish in Meaux for the first time. Meaux, a town of 50,000 known for its Brie cheese and mustard, is about 25 miles east of Paris.

The 104-mile route took the riders past ripened fields of golden wheat, the lush green forest of Fontainebleau and through picturesque villages. Waving fans along the route cheered the riders.

Before the race, the riders first gathered at the Stade de France, the stadium in northern Paris that hosted the 1998 soccer World Cup final, and paraded from there through Paris to the start at Montgeron.

On Monday, the Tour's third day, the riders cover 126.8 miles, skirting Champagne country and the cathedral town of Reims, where French kings were crowned. They finish in Sedan, a town on the border with Belgium where German troops broke through during their invasion of France in 1940.
 
2003-07-06 08:06:44 PM
One of the most under-rated athletes of our time, this guy is amazing.
 
2003-07-06 08:07:06 PM
Did anyone hear the audio of when the crash took place ? Lance was heard saying to the guy who caused the crash, "A cancer I wish unto your family !"
 
2003-07-06 08:07:10 PM
I'm getting that, too. Women's sports, now THAT's an oxymoron. Just kidding, just kidding. ;)
 
2003-07-06 08:07:14 PM
Dear Irony Cops,

Would a Texan winning the Tour De France three years in a row (and possibly four, we can hope) count as "Irony?"


Any news headline involving Lance is required by law to have the "Hero" tag. Any man who can come back from massive cancer and then go on to dominate what many feel is the toughest sporting event in the world is OK in my book.

Speaking of book, go read Armstrong's if you haven't. Good stuff.
 
2003-07-06 08:08:29 PM
Why not just run to the finish line? Worked for me.
 
2003-07-06 08:08:54 PM
Lance had testicular cancer, or was he the guy that went head first into the rear window of a pace car?

Or both?

I know he was in the hospital for awhile in the 90s. I used to be an avid bike rider in my teenage years and I also rooted for him in the Tour de France. He was so cool.
 
2003-07-06 08:10:14 PM
Sorry, four years in a row, possibly five.

I knew that, but my brain didn't feel like telling my fingers.



As for the "cancer unto your family" thing... bah. He's from Texas. It's more likely that he'd have said "I shat bigger than you, Frenchy."
 
2003-07-06 08:10:49 PM
'course - no one mentioned Leipheimer out with a broken hip

too bad hometown boy hamilton is out, he was actually looking good this year @ csc- for once.
 
2003-07-06 08:11:00 PM
Dear Irony Cops,
Would a Texan winning the Tour De France three years in a row (and possibly four, we can hope) count as "Irony?"


No.
 
2003-07-06 08:11:22 PM
I keep getting some article about a nutless golfer.
 
2003-07-06 08:11:37 PM
Some of the articles mention Tyler Hamilton's big crash in the Giro last year. For those of you who don't follow cycling, Hamilton is one of the Big Three Americans in the sport right now (Lance and a guy named Levi Leipheimer are the other two).

Last year in the Giro d'Italia, the second most important race in the world, Hamilton crashed and broke his shoulder during the first week of the race. His team knew this but decided that it might hurt his spirit if he knew he had been so badly injured, so they lied, told him it was merely sprained, and let him race for two weeks with a broken shoulder. He came in second overall.

These guys are superhuman.
 
2003-07-06 08:12:24 PM
2003-07-06 08:07:14 PM White Haven

Dear Irony Cops,

Would a Texan winning the Tour De France three years in a row (and possibly four, we can hope) count as "Irony?"


Possibly "paybacks" but not irony.
 
2003-07-06 08:12:40 PM
White Haven:

Hey Dude, this year will make 5, not 4.

Cool thing about the crash (assuming there is one) is that it happened within the last 1 KM so the rules state that everyone that was inside the last KM mark gets the same time as the winner of the stage. Because of that Lance is still placed as 8th even though he was 107th on that last stage.
 
2003-07-06 08:14:33 PM
Armstrong completed the race on the bike of U.S. Postal teammate Jose Luis Rubiera. Armstrong had a flat, and the wheel wouldn't turn, so Rubiera got off his bike and handed it to Armstrong.

"Wanna stay on the team, kid? Gimme that bike."
 
2003-07-06 08:14:45 PM
skinink: hahaha... Too funny. Almost made pee-pee in my pants.
 
2003-07-06 08:17:19 PM
The funny thing about teammates in the TDF is.... The teammates exist for one reason only. To support the "star."

Lance is the star. Everyone on USPS team exists SOLELY to support him.

So it makes sense that he would jack his teammates bike and stuff. That's exactly what they're there for.

The TDF is a strange, strange sporting event. I've heard it described as a giant chess match. How true that is..
 
2003-07-06 08:17:57 PM
I keep getting another article about others that are nutless.
 
2003-07-06 08:18:21 PM
You know everyone else should just give up.

He's won this damn thing for the last four years in a row, and betting against a fifth victory is a sucker bet if I ever saw one. Really they should just say "Oh fark it, just take the damn trophy," and save everybody the trouble.

Armstrong is quite possibly the world's greatest athlete.
 
2003-07-06 08:18:54 PM
Notice there is only one?
 
2003-07-06 08:21:27 PM
Leipheimer and Hamilton will not be starting tomorrow according to www.cyclingnews.com. That hurts american cycling this year, 2 possible top 10s and maybe top 5s.

I expect Once to have the advantage in the TTT, which is good, because US Postal - Berry Floor doesn't want to defend the jersey until the mountains, though Postal might be able to take it from Once, but remember Once won it last year.
 
2003-07-06 08:22:39 PM
Its refreshing to see stuff like this...

"Armstrong completed the race on the bike of U.S. Postal teammate Jose Luis Rubiera. Armstrong had a flat, and the wheel wouldn't turn, so Rubiera got off his bike and handed it to Armstrong. " The young guy, in Armstrong's shadow, knows his place and respects Armstrong, so he drops out of the stage to let Armstrong finish. That guy deserves a free taco.
 
2003-07-06 08:23:38 PM
Tis his hubris, and naught more that caused his crash.

Lance is an asshole, fark him.
 
2003-07-06 08:24:05 PM
and betting against a fifth victory is a sucker bet if I ever saw one.

i believe the odds are 6:5 =P

and yes, the teammates are there just for the support of the main riders. Any other team member from a different team would have done the same thing. What does Lance (and other winners) do with the Tour winnings? He divides it among his team.
 
2003-07-06 08:25:10 PM
White Haven

While the Tour de France is, in my book, indeed a really tough event, to me, nothing beats Hawaii's Ironman. 5 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of biking, and 40 kilometers of running, all in one go. Anybody who manages to get to the biking stage is in great condition (that swimming is done in the ocean, not a pool), anybody who finishes the biking is nearly inhuman, and anybody who crosses the finishing line is a superhero.

I'm not worthy! I'm not worth!
 
2003-07-06 08:27:14 PM
 
2003-07-06 08:27:15 PM
Armstrong, like all american athletes that participate in international sports, is doped up on a super steroid/adrenaline enhancement that was cooked up by military scientists and is impossible to detect. Armstrong got the cancer as a side-effect from being forced to take the vile venom. If he had refused, he and his family would have met an unfortunate accident.

Also, PNAC probably has Armstrong rigged up with a minature nuke implanted in his chest cavity. They're just waiting for the right time to detonate it as payback for France defying America's campaigne of imperiallist conquest.
 
2003-07-06 08:28:31 PM
Hey Emperor-Jay, do us a favor and

 
2003-07-06 08:28:46 PM
Lance did Ironman/Triathalon stuff back in his youth. As I recall, that's how he "got started." (Have to re-read the book to recall for sure, something I'm too lazy to bother doing.)

Friend of mine's father used to do Ironman/Tri stuff like that. I agree, *anyone* who can compete in that sort of thing and just cross the bloody line is a winner. You could cross the line dead last and still win. ;)

I'd probably hurt myself just trying to READ about the event, let alone taking part in one.
 
2003-07-06 08:28:51 PM
"Armstrong, like all american athletes that participate in international sports, is doped up on...."

that's chemotherapy you asshole!!

/robin williams
/joking
 
2003-07-06 08:30:56 PM
White Haven

I always respected Lance Armstrong, but never suspected he completed an Ironman. My respect for him is now even greater.

I'm even less worthy! I'm even less worthy!
 
2003-07-06 08:31:46 PM
 
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