Lance Armstrong Is Gaining

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I’m some sort of cycling enthusiast.  I’m not.  I don’t even understand cycling, aside from the fact that you are supposed to ride fast and that the cycling team is crucial for any one rider’s success.  Even so, I’m keeping my eye on the Tour de France this year.  Why?  Because Lance Armstrong is back.

In case you didn’t know, Armstrong retired from competitive cycling after winning his 7th consecutive tour in 2005 only to return earlier this year.  Now at the age of 37, not many people are expecting Armstrong to do very much and yet Armstrong is already showing he is here to be competitive.  On day 3 of this race, Lance moved up from 10th to 3rd, proving that his age and his experience might actually be his advantage.  With heavy winds yesterday plaguing the group, Armstrong anticipated the conditions and hitched a ride with the leaders allowing him to leap frog the rest of the competition. 

While it is still much too early in the race to say that this will make an overall difference, it is impressive to see that Lance Armstrong can still be competitive.  So until July 26th, I’ll be periodically flipping the channel over to Versus and staring blankly as I try to figure out what is going on out there.  On second thought, I’ll just watch the Sportscenter highlights.

******Update*****
Lance Armstrong has pulled into second place thanks to his team’s victory in Tuesday’s time trial.  Had his team beat team Saxo by one more second, Armstrong would be wearing the yellow jersey tomorrow. 

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