I've been thinking. With the Tour de France results of the past 6 years, I have been reading a lot of comments about some of the other competitors...
If Mayo was healthy he could have beat Lance.
A more fit Uhrich would have beat him.
If it weren't for that crash, Beloki would have won.
If Vino was there last year he would have won.
So my question is....why haven't any of these guys even come close (with the exception of the 2003 Tour)?
Is Lance just really lucky? Or is he more resiliant to last through sicknesses, distractions (like Divorce etc) and focus on the Tour?
Some folks say that it was his TEAM that did it..and without that team he would have lost...No doubt that USPS has been a great team...but have they EVER won the Team Competition in the Tour? There has always been a "better" team. Perhaps just not a more dedicated team. Dedicated to getting Lance across the line in yellow. Definitely I would say that there is no team that is more self sacrificing than USPS.
So I love the "I LOVE LANCE" and "I HATE LANCE" threads. But I wanted to see what you folks thought about why Lance seems to survive all these distractions, illnesses, and crashes...when his competitors consistently fall to them.