By Bill Strickland
Lance Armstrong is a world icon, for sure one of many maximum cyclists who has ever lived. After combating melanoma and turning into an idea to thousands, Armstrong received the travel de France a record-breaking seven consecutive years sooner than retiring from festival in 2005. 4 years later, at thirty-seven, Armstrong made up our minds to come back out of retirement and opt for the win another time. He was once racing for no wage, in a season whilst his maximum rival--Tour de France, travel of Italy, and journey of Spain champion Alberto Contador--was on his personal staff. The twenty-five-year-old Spaniard have been handpicked through Armstrong's personal mentor, Johan Bruyneel, to be his successor. Now he will be his fiercest pageant. Armstrong was once approximately to undergo like by no means before--and, for the 1st time in contemporary reminiscence, seem to be human on a bicycle. After seven journey victories--and beating cancer--did Lance Armstrong actually need to end up whatever? past the fun of one other attainable victory, what drove him to race back? What used to be he seeking--and might he locate it? biking insider invoice Strickland had unparalleled entry to Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, and the staff. he's taking readers behind the curtain through the 2009 racing season and alongside for the journey at the travel de France with a dramatic mile-by-mile account. providing a penetrating and candid glimpse into the guy in the back of the parable, journey de Lance is going past a unmarried season or a unmarried race to bare the guts of the game and the soul of the bike owner.
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5 kilometers and travels a clockwise spiral from Monaco in the southeast down to the Mediterranean coast and into the Pyrenean border with Spain, then up through central France eastward to the Alps and the borders of Switzerland and Italy before going through Provence and over Mont Ventoux north to the finish in Paris. indd 40 4/15/10 2:01 PM TOUR DE LAN C E | 41 This year’s Tour includes three kinds of stages. In the mass-start stages, the entire pack departs at once and the first cyclist over the finish line wins.
I’d talked my way onto the list for one of the precious spots on a follow moto, usually reserved for sponsors and VIPs, then was surprised to find out that no one had requested the moto that would track Armstrong through his time trial. Because the racers ride alone in a TT, as the time trial is called, the motorcycle can get closer than usual. As long as you don’t drive directly in front of the rider (which would give him a speed-boosting draft by blocking the wind), you can generally buzz all around him and in fairly close proximity.
In nine he would tie the outright record for Tour victories, joining Jacques Anquetil, Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Indurain as five-time winners (and equaling Indurain’s streak of consecutive victories). In ten years he would break the record, in eleven set it at seven titles and retire for the second time. He would redefine what seemed possible in cycling, in those seven Tours never once being forced from the race by the most common frailty that plagued its champions: being too human. Armstrong would never get stung in the eye by a bee and be unable to continue, never run into a cat that darted into the street, never break a bone in a crash on a wet corner, never catch a cold that left him too weak to rise from bed, never brush against his own team car and get caught under its wheels, never eat a bad piece of food and quit the race after spending the night doubled over.