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Old 07-20-03, 12:45 PM   #1
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I don't care what you say - LANCE IS BACK

He's gonna win the 2003 Tour de France!
Don't be a Lance hater, have faith.

Lost 15 lbs but he keeps on truckin. Had cancer but Look at him now. He's been through it all, how can you doubt him in his moment of glory. What is Lance known for, beating the odds. And the odds seem to have been stacked against hime once again haven't they? Well perhaps Mr. Lance has just been saving himself for the stage which will make the tour...the 15th. Remeber he has an awsome team and Johan Bruyneel as a director so I'm sure something will go down tomorrow. He wouldn't let this thing slip away so easily. So get those VCR's ready and be prepared to see the race of a lifetime, man vs. man, who can take the pain, who wants it more, epic! Vino is not a contender for yellow, he's been doing good but the tt will prevent him from getting it. Ulrich will be close to Lance but not close enough. Come on guys! This is Lance armstrong we are talking about! He does not give up easily and he could have one leg and still atempt to win the tour. He's not one to make excuses so tomorow is his day to prove himself. So have a lil faith.

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Old 07-20-03, 12:49 PM   #2
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Love Lance, but if it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be...

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Old 07-20-03, 12:51 PM   #3
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One step ahead of ya hehe.

Yeah but it's meant to be
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I hope so... I really want a US citizen riding for a US company to set a record and tie another one's....
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Old 07-20-03, 01:30 PM   #5
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He's gonna win the 2003 Tour de France!
Don't be a Lance hater, have faith.

Lost 15 lbs but he keeps on truckin. Had cancer but Look at him now. He's been through it all, how can you doubt him in his moment of glory. What is Lance known for, beating the odds. And the odds seem to have been stacked against hime once again haven't they? Well perhaps Mr. Lance has just been saving himself for the stage which will make the tour...the 15th. Remeber he has an awsome team and Johan Bruyneel as a director so I'm sure something will go down tomorrow. He wouldn't let this thing slip away so easily. So get those VCR's ready and be prepared to see the race of a lifetime, man vs. man, who can take the pain, who wants it more, epic! Vino is not a contender for yellow, he's been doing good but the tt will prevent him from getting it. Ulrich will be close to Lance but not close enough. Come on guys! This is Lance armstrong we are talking about! He does not give up easily and he could have one leg and still atempt to win the tour. He's not one to make excuses so tomorow is his day to prove himself. So have a lil faith.

Go Lance. I can't wait for tonight.

He lost 8% of his body weight, and still was right behind Ullrich. This guy is a true American class act.
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Goooooooooooooooooooo Ullrich!
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Old 07-20-03, 03:00 PM   #7
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What about Vino?
Nobody on his wagon?
Right now it looks like any one of the three,

What happened to Tyler? Did his collar finally get to him, or did his body just quit?
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Old 07-20-03, 03:12 PM   #8
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Ba-Dg-Er - everyone is entitled to their own opinion

ljbike - yeah it looks as if the collar bone has finally gotten to tyler but he made it this far and that's plenty to be said. It would have been great to see him make the podium though.
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Old 07-20-03, 03:26 PM   #9
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Ba-Dg-er predicted Ulrich from the beginning. He's sticking to his guns. Good for him.

Besides, he has a good chance, at the end of saying, "I told you so!"
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Old 07-20-03, 04:40 PM   #10
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I wonder if this will come down to the TT. Lance seemed to indicate that he wasn't afraid of that when interviewed. If I'm not mistaken this was the first time in the TDF that Jan beat Lance in a TT??? Lance let Vino go this time but how much more is he willing to give him? Vino has indicated that he and Jan will team up to attack Lance but will it work? Remember...Lance only took :30 out of Vino in the previous TT and this one is pancake flat...but Lance had a bad day...how bad?
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Old 07-20-03, 09:41 PM   #11
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I think people put the expecations on lance way way too high.
The media and everything made it sound like there was a %99 chance lance would win this year, before the tour started.

He seems to be nearing the end of his career.
He won so much early in his career... then he came back from cancer and won the TDF 4 times in a row (im not saying he wont win this year).

This is pro cycling. He could be one of the greatest in the world, with the greatest team, and greatest trainers, and still not win. You don't have to always win to prove yourself though.

If he gets beaten this year... the beating won't have come easily. He is putting up a big fight, and everyone is throwing everything at him.

My point is, lance may not win this year. If he doesn't, I don't see it as something to really be disapointed about. The man has rode amazing for years. Look at past stages of past years... time and time again, blowing away the competition. Great memories.

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Old 07-20-03, 09:56 PM   #12
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I am happy with Lance whether it is 5 or 4 tours. He has done a wonderful job for us and we can only hope another US racer as strong will come along again soon.

I hope he wins but will not be surprised if he gets squeezed out by a few seconds by Ulrich or Vino.

It will be a great tour. I do beleive he is getting past his physical problems. Hopefully in time to attack on tomorrows stage and gain a good time gap.
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Old 07-20-03, 10:03 PM   #13
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My point is, lance may not win this year. If he doesn't, I don't see it as something to really be disapointed about. The man has rode amazing for years. Look at past stages of past years... time and time again, blowing away the competition. Great memories.
I agree. Lance's accomplishment's are Herculean(5 cent word alert). He doesn't have anything more to prove. I really don't care who wins this since I was routing for Tyler. The tactical nuances of the race are what intrique me.
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Old 07-20-03, 11:27 PM   #14
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If Lance is "back" I don't know what he's waiting for. For Vinokourov to win another forty seconds tomorrow and take yellow? For the final time trial, to try and hold off Jan with a scant fourteen seconds advantage?

If Lance were "back" he would have gone with Vinokourov and dropped Ullrich.
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Old 07-21-03, 01:36 AM   #15
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Ba-Dg-er predicted Ulrich from the beginning. He's sticking to his guns. Good for him.

Besides, he has a good chance, at the end of saying, "I told you so!"
Just a matter of me liking Ullrich since 1996. I am as big an Ullrich fan, if not more, as some of you are Armstrong fans. It was never really a prediction, just a hope that he would do well and be able to make a respectable comeback after a difficult year.

And I will be the last to say I told you so, it was as surprising for me as it was for everyone else to see him stand atop the TT podium ... I just hope it comes down to a good tour and no one gets involved in a crash or illness eliminating them, the best man should win.
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I'm rooting for Ullrich too. I like the fact that he's not perfect, puts on weight and then has to struggle for fitness. His cycling style is smooth and he pushes huge gears.

From what I've seen so far, Lance seems to be using much more energy in keeping with him (out of the saddle a lot- but that may be his style), but he may have been picking up a few acting tips from Arnie and really be comfortable..

My take is that if Vino tries to escape to gain time today (which I think he must) and Ullrich and Lance follow, then this could blow the whole thing apart. Whoever survives wins.

if Vino doesn't escape today then, barring accidents,it all comes down to the final Race of Truth, the TT, and I would have to fancy Ullrich to clean that one up on present form.
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Mental = Advantage Armstrong

Will this be enough for him to win? We'll all know soon.
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If Lance is playing mind games with the rest of the field right now... I'll say he's doing a great acting job....

But taken at face value... he doesn't seem to be doing as well as all had hoped...
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Old 07-21-03, 08:58 AM   #19
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Old 07-21-03, 09:44 AM   #20
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Umm... FREAKING A!!!! haha

How bout that, Lance is back.
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Old 07-21-03, 09:48 AM   #21
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When did lance leave?
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Old 07-21-03, 11:29 AM   #22
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You called that one perfectly. My hats off to you. Way to keep the faith. Saturday's time trial will be a thrilling.
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I think win or lose Lance has won some more fans for not giving up and fighting like he has this year. Cycling in general will be the big winner as this has been so exciting and more and more people are talking about it here at work and they don't have the first clue about cycling. I hope he does it but as long as it stays a good race it doesn't really matter.
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If Lance were "back" he would have gone with Vinokourov and dropped Ullrich.

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