My Prediction Is That Lance Wins Today!

Posted: July 19, 2010 in It's All Important Stuff

Hitting the deck over and over will take the sting out of your legs and Lance certainly did not feel great on the first day in the pyrenees.   The seven-time Tour champion took it relatively easy, allowing the young dudes to match testosterone and watts output in the high mountains.

“Once you’re not there and once you know you’re not going to be the best, I’d prefer … to sit up and enjoy it,” Armstrong said Sunday, after he finished 70th, more than 15 minutes behind stage winner Christophe Riblon.

“It’s a unique experience with no pressure at all,” said Armstrong, who dropped to 38th overall. “There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m going out having a good time.”

Lance is a born killer.  He will not be satisfied with a “tour” of France.  Winning the team classification is important to Radio Shack and they will defend it, as it may be all they have left, from Caisse d’Epargne.  Lance, I suspect, cares not at all about that.  He wants a win.  He has been looking for the right moment.  That moment is today.

The route today goes over the Col de Portet-d’Aspet. That would ordinarily be considered a benign, category two climb. But 15 years ago Sunday, Fabio Casartelli, Armstrong’s dear friend and teammate, died after a horrific crash on the descent of the climb.

Burning that emotion as fuel, in 2001, Armstrong grabbed yellow the day the race passed by the 8-foot tall sundial that was erected as a memorial to Casartelli. Lance would not be denied for the stage victory.  He saluted Fabio as he rolled across the line.

The punks could close out Lance today.  Contador’s Astana teammates have tried to shake Schleck throughout the mountains, and in doing so, they’ve successfully dropped Armstrong each time.  But, has he shown us what he has.

“They’re not going to let me go early on, so you have to have your climbing legs,” Armstrong said. “And obviously, nobody’s going to give it away.

“Back in our heyday, we never gave anything away. I don’t want them saying, ‘Let the old man have one.’ That’s not what this event is about. It’s a hard sporting event. The best guy is supposed to win on a daily basis, on a three-week basis.

“I’ll do my best,” he said, “but as you know, and everybody knows, we’re running out of chances.”

Lance will attack today, lighting the road, hurting the young legs behind – the attack alone will be a victory.  I want Lance to win because he is an old dude now.  Us old dudes got to stick together.

Go Lance!

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