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Old 07-21-05, 02:42 PM   #26
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Name one Superstar who has retired "on top."
John Elway. Back to back Super Bowl Victories, took his ball and went home.
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Old 07-21-05, 02:47 PM   #27
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that makes NO SENSE!!!!!!!
Ahh sorry...I was cut and pasting and messed it up...

I think if Lance choses not to ride competitevly at all in the next year I think he will end up deciding to ride the TdF. If Lance finds another outlet for his passion then he will be able to stay away from the TdF. IMHO.

The odds say he will be back. Extremely limited athletes have ever left while still being the dominant force of thier sport. Lance will be in a huge minority if he actually does.
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Old 07-21-05, 02:53 PM   #28
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John Elway. Back to back Super Bowl Victories, took his ball and went home.
Again an exceptional QB but not the greatest. He also had an incredible team with one of the most creative/athletic offensive lines and stellar RB's to get him there. Hes just not in the same category as Jordan, Ali, Lance and Gretzky.

Unless your from Denver.
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Old 07-21-05, 03:05 PM   #29
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I think he will come back. Name one Superstar who has retired "on top."

Jackie Stewart

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I agree. He's had his time at the top, has brought all sorts of publicity and new fans to cycling and should retire at the top of his game and let somebody else have their time to shine.
Basso's improving enough and Lance is aging enough that Ivan's time to dominate commences next year, independent of whether a 36 year old Lance would remain. Lance knows this is his final year to dominate, with 7 wins he probably sets the bar too high for Basso to beat.
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He said he was done. I've never heard or read about him saying anything he didn't mean or not sticking to what he said. Were I Lance, I 'd enjoy watching all the future tours and amuse myself watching others try to do 2 in a row, let alone seven. How many years do you think it will take for 7 in a row to be matched or broken? How many years before we see anyone with 7 period?
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If he did come back then it would certainley be alot closer and then maybe everybody wouldnt B!tch and moan about how booring Lance is to watch win the TdF.

Imagine the story lines. Can lance win #8 against an improved Basso? Can Vino and his new team crack Lance on a climb? Will Jan sit idly by again and hope for a podium finish, or will he and Kloden have enough firepower to upset the king? If Lance wins in not perfect form does this make him closer to demigod status?

This is everything we could hope for.
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This is everything we could hope for.
No, "everything we could hope for" would be Eddy Merckx coming out of retirement to win three more Tours de France, a Giro or two and a few classics thrown in, then recapturing the hour record. Which is more likely to happen than Lance winning eight.
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As the old saying goes, "It's not the years, it's the miles". It could not be any more applicable - figuratively and literally - than in this case. I think the guy is mentally tired and wants to see his kids grow up rather than just cut more notches in his gun. He's set for life and can now be a dad and tune Sheryl's guitars. I don't think you need to be very smart to figure out the math in this one. IMHO.
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I agree. Lance will keep to his word and retire. He seems to be enjoying this last tour for him. He wants to get away from the mental and physical fatigue of preparing for another tour. If he goes out on top, it will only increase his legend as the rider who could possibly have won more.
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He'll be back next year, and he'll either be on the podium shaking hands with the winners or in front of a camera commentating.
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