Sunday, July 24, 2005

A source of Inspiration

End of an era, maybe. Perhaps Lance's last ride will catapult him to further greatness off the bike. Time will tell. Most of all, he is an inspiration to all - a survivors' survivor. Screw reality television. Lance is the real deal.

Ride on.
When Lance Armstrong claimed his first yellow jersey on 3 July 1999 he gave millions of people hope. At the age of 27 the all-American champion proved there was life after cancer. He had ridden the Tour de France before, won stages in fact, but victory in his first appearance since he was struck down by the illness was a triumph of spirit. But surely his time in the overall lead of the world’s biggest bike race wouldn’t last much longer than the first week. Aficionados of the event knew his name and they recognized his weaknesses.

Before cancer, the Texan couldn’t climb and his ability in the time trial was reasonable at best. Tactically he’d made more than one faux-pas. He was a star but not a rider capable of holding onto the ‘maillot jaune’. Lance proved that the cynics were wrong. And he has continued to do so every year. In the final race of his career there was nothing left to prove. At the age of 33 he had eclipsed the efforts of the greatest cyclists in history in the race which matters most.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Name recognition counts

Lance, in a TV interview aired Sunday, didn't ruled out a post-Tour career in politics. Unlike Ahnold, he was born in the USA. Texas today, tomorrow the world.

He has a smaller BS profile than that other fellow, what's his name?