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Old 11-22-04, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by velocipedio
intersting... so we shouldn't waste our breath celebrating armstrong's "historic 6 tdf wins," because it's point;less to compare him to athletes of different eras.

i'm down for that.
Actually that isn't what I said. Sure we should celebrate LA's wins but to compare him to Merkx is pointless. The sport has changed and so have the riders. Comparing LA's wins and the riders he's raced is completely right.

Also to the question of what he's given to the sport it's arguable that his success made Trek the company that it is today. To a lesser degree Cannondale can thank LA for getting US made bikes "accepted" in the Euro peleton. Shimamo can thank LA for giving them their first Tour win and having them now be considered on par with Campagnolo. LA may not be all over the sport in body but let's see what happens after he retires he may start his own team or bike co who knows?
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