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(SI.com)   Lance Armstrong retains yellow   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) divider line 102
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2003-07-20 04:08:09 PM
If you want to know just how hardcore he is, he was FOAMING AT THE MOUTH from the dehydration. Good lord.
 
2003-07-20 04:18:19 PM
And then he BIATCHSLAPPED A NINJA before DRINKING SULFURIC ACID. Hardcore indeed. ;-)
 
2003-07-20 06:14:19 PM
Really? Ninjas?
 
2003-07-20 06:20:55 PM
Well he slapped one, and the other four just backed off. They didn't want a piece of the Lance.
 
2003-07-20 06:45:08 PM
"Lance Armstrong retains yellow"

Hmmmm, it could be jaundice
 
2003-07-20 07:26:56 PM
Those weren't ninjas, it was a hedge.
 
2003-07-20 07:26:56 PM
And then he got into that knife-fight while crossing that bridge. Awesome.
 
2003-07-20 07:30:21 PM
I heard he snorted a shot of vodka and ate a bug.
 
2003-07-20 07:31:33 PM
That man must have balls of steel

/bad taste
 
2003-07-20 07:32:03 PM
And then he ate a fork to get the bug. And then got an xray taken of the bug and fork.

hmm, wonder how long this tall tale will keep being added to.
 
2003-07-20 07:35:27 PM
I am surprised there weren't more attempts to make him crash...that German has to be pretty pissed because he's going to be known as the second best cyclist in the world.
 
2003-07-20 07:36:40 PM
If he drank more beer, it would be clear ...

/whiff
 
2003-07-20 07:38:43 PM
you know it would be a hell of a lot easier if these cycling fools just drove a car up and down the mountains instead.
 
2003-07-20 07:38:50 PM
Lance? Isn't he that guy who pimps SUV's? What a sell out.

 
2003-07-20 07:39:26 PM
all that really matters is that he's an American kicking ass in a sport only Europeans care about.

(we'll own your asses in soccer some day to, and still no one here will care.)
 
2003-07-20 07:48:04 PM
If this is Lance's old "make them think you're exhausted and vulnerable" trick, I wish he'd cut it out and just pull away from everyone already. I'm getting concerned...
 
kab
2003-07-20 07:51:43 PM
"all that really matters is that he's an American kicking ass in a sport only Europeans care about."

And in usual fashion, the only reason this great race is on the minds of Americans at all is because an American keeps winning it recently. See we're a worldly folk and all. No, that isnt it......

Entirely related, I sat up to watch the end of one of the legs of this race... with about 10 km left or so, Lance was right on the wheel of a leader, who crashed due to some slippery pavement. Without even so much as twitching, Lance stood up, veered off-road, and cut through a field to get back on the racecourse. Most other racers would have been taken down with the leader, or at least stopped off-road. Ice water veins indeed.
 
2003-07-20 07:54:33 PM
Quick1, speaking of his dehydration, he supposedly lost 8% from his waking body weight. That seems like an awful lot from a one hour time trial. More likely that he was already dry when he started?
 
2003-07-20 07:56:02 PM
In other sports news Ben Curtis wins the British Open

 
2003-07-20 07:57:38 PM
EVERYBODY cares more about a sport when there's a local contender. Pick a country. That is not news, dudes. Get over it already, or just go back to your NASCAR.
 
2003-07-20 07:58:31 PM
I am surprised there weren't more attempts to make him crash...that German has to be pretty pissed because he's going to be known as the second best cyclist in the world.

Not a problem - he'll round up his friends and annex the Sudetenland, then he'll forget all about his cycling problem.
 
kab
2003-07-20 08:00:49 PM
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2003-07-20 08:06:55 PM
This link needs a hero tag. Whoever submitted it without one needs a thorough nut-bashing.
 
2003-07-20 08:07:34 PM
Yes, but what does he think Matrix Revolutions will be any good or not, and what sort of an agent does he play in it?
 
2003-07-20 08:19:53 PM
Lance rules. but let's not foget tyler hamilton who is in 7th place with a broken collar bone.
 
das
2003-07-20 08:35:54 PM
Tour De' Freedom!!!
 
2003-07-20 08:40:31 PM
Homer Simpson retains the YELLOW!
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2003-07-20 08:51:39 PM
thier is an article on ESPN by some writer about how Lance is overrated. I, being an american sports fan, think this man should be hung and shot. What Lance is doing is a remarkable feat. Overrated? Maybe just too good for his field. Barry Bonds, Kurt Warner, Rich Gannon, and Lindros are all overrated. Lance? Nah. He can't be overrated if he keeps winning and dominating...
 
2003-07-20 08:56:05 PM
I've foamed at the mouth from dehydration before. Of course it was from cottonmouth.

Everyone who thinks bicyclers are some kind of superhuman bad-asses needs to be reminded that bicycling is a non-contact activity.

Of course, it is nice to see an American winning in a European competition, for what I care. I could really care less, though. It's like back in the 80s when some aussie team won the yacht racing thing...I never heard about yacht racing my whole life until the media decided that it was a slap to america's face that some other team won. Who the hell cares? Freaking media.
 
2003-07-20 08:57:19 PM
Hoagans--

"I am surprised there weren't more attempts to make him crash...that German has to be pretty pissed because he's going to be known as the second best cyclist in the world.

Not a problem - he'll round up his friends and annex the Sudetenland, then he'll forget all about his cycling problem."

nothing quite like the cheap shot. I applaud.
 
2003-07-20 09:06:06 PM
Vive le Lance.
 
2003-07-20 09:16:33 PM
MBK
got a link for that article? Id be interested in reading the argument.
 
2003-07-20 09:17:24 PM
Stimp
Those weren't ninjas, it was a hedge.

It ticks me off when people can't speak coherently in a thread. I mean jeeze, that comment was straight out of the blue.
 
2003-07-20 09:21:31 PM
"Lance Armstrong retains yellow"

Get that man a portajohn!
 
2003-07-20 09:30:05 PM
You are all obviously cycling fans. Lance has gone downhill this year, though he is still great. The real American hero story comes out of Tyler Hamilton this year. he wrecked on the second stage and is still in it, despite a broken collar bone and whiplash. This is the same guy who broke his collar bone a year ago in the Giro d'Italia, came in second, and had to get 11 teeth capped because he was grinding them so much from the pain during the Giro. Tyler is a hero through and through (so is Lance, but I am a huge Tyler maniac). Lance is getting beat pretty hard as of recent, if you cared to keep up. Tyler being in 7th is a true American success story, this guy can barely get out of the saddle (the seat) to climb and still is in 7th in the most difficult endurance event. www.tylerhamilton.com Not to mention he is the first American to win the Liege Baston Liege race, and Lance even raced in that, he just got slammed by Tyler. Read up on cycling, it seriously kicks footballs ass. (BTW I like Lance's attitude a lot, he said if he lost this year, he would go home and drink a cold one and then go back to the Tour next year).

makTHRAX
 
2003-07-20 09:32:20 PM
"Everyone who thinks bicyclers are some kind of superhuman bad-asses needs to be reminded that bicycling is a non-contact activity."

Um, it IS a 3,000 mile race, mostly uphill through mountains in the scorching heat.
 
2003-07-20 09:37:22 PM
The race ain't over yet - at least this is turning out to be the most interesting tours since, oh maybe Indurain's last one, when Riis won.

...but anyways, foaming at the mouth is not uncommon in bike racing - when you're working that hard, sometimes it's just easier to let your spit run down your face instead of swallowing or spitting - it doesn't really have anything to do with dehydration.

Lance is a bit overrated in my opinion - sure, he's won the Tour four times in a row, which is a great feat, but the TdF isn't the only race (cycling season goes from February to October, with three Grand Tours along the way), and since becoming a stage-race rider he hasn't had any breadth to his career - even Ulrich has won other Grand Tours, world championships, etc., etc.

Oh, and if you think bike racing is a non-contact sport, watch a mass sprint some time - there's a lot of pushing and shoving going on in there, and crashes happen all the time - get yourself in a high-speed bike crash and then decide if it is a 'non-contact' sport.
 
kab
2003-07-20 09:38:37 PM
"Everyone who thinks bicyclers are some kind of superhuman bad-asses needs to be reminded that bicycling is a non-contact activity."

Good. Please, feel free to hop on a race bike, and maintain 30-35 mph on flats for around 50 miles, and lets see how you feel.

Then, lets throw in a ride up the Alps. No stopping, walking, or feeling like you're going to pass out now. Make sure to stand up and sprint the last few hundred yards of it. After all, this is a non contact sport, how tough can it be?
 
2003-07-20 09:42:38 PM
Before the tour started i read an article with someone who interviewed Lance. He said something along the lines of "I could not talk to him long because he tires easily." This man is going through cancer yet still racing and doing amazingly well. Lance is awsome, i love this sport!
 
lbn
2003-07-20 09:43:19 PM
Here in Austin, Lance's victory parade has become a permanent annual event.
 
2003-07-20 09:43:54 PM
I hate to say it, but Lance doesn't look good to stay in yellow more than a few days... isn't there another team time trial stage before the end? That'll be helpful.

Also, cycling is very much a contact sport. My leg is still recovering from contacting the ground a few times during a 24-hour mountain bike race last month. Anyone know a good doctor in the DC/MD area?
 
2003-07-20 09:45:55 PM
 
2003-07-20 09:47:16 PM
Alph
http://sports.espn.go.com/page2/s/armstrong/030718.html
 
2003-07-20 09:48:14 PM
http://espn.go.com/page2/s/armstrong/030718.html

Heres the linky to the epsn article knocking lance. Anyone else get the feeling that espn writers were those tools in high school who could only talk about how great the giants were this year?
 
2003-07-20 09:48:25 PM
even Ulrich has won other Grand Tours, world championships

Ullrich has one rainbow jersey (TT), LA won one as well in '93, for the road race. While I don't fall into the camp of those calling him the best cyclist ever, Armstrong has a very respectable win record beyond the four tours he has won. I would go so far as to call him one of the greats of his generation, based on the races he has won.
 
2003-07-20 09:49:09 PM
MrNeutron: Lance? Isn't he that guy who pimps SUV's? What a sell out.

I was very disappointed when he started doing those.
 
2003-07-20 09:51:44 PM
One of the big reasons that everybody is rooting for Lance is that a win will tie the record for consecutive TDF wins, and set him up for a record breaker next year.
 
2003-07-20 09:55:53 PM
And lighten up on SUV crap! It's a Subaru, dammit, and has very little in common with the big guzzlers.
 
2003-07-20 09:56:58 PM
I'm sorry, but the Subaru Forrester is a station wagon.
 
2003-07-20 10:08:58 PM
Lance Armstrong pimping the USPS is like Willie Nelson pimping the IRS.

Feh.
 
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