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Join Date: Mar 2005
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I think he's going to do much better this year in the Tour. It's his second year with a great team which was a huge problem in 2003. Hopefully, some of the issues with having too many leaders will be worked out. Last year at this time; I saw some photos of him and I couild tell he wasn't going to be able to drop all that weight in two months. On the last day of the Tour he looked great; if he would have looked like that going into the race; he would have made the podium.
Another issue with the team. I think because of the issues and arguments last year; he might be able to make some demands this year. He always seems to get pushed around by sponsors and handlers out of obligation of his background. This is only speculation; but I hope he's able to control his career this year.
Also, in the two interviews with him I've read this year; he seems to enjoy what he's doing, not so obligated. I think the reason you don't hear so much about him this time of year is the press build up of "the ones to beat Lance" adds so much pressure. I mean, it's fun to watch "the ones to beat Lance" get crushed; but if it happens again this year, it's probably not going to be so much fun for those riders.