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Old 07-11-10, 09:44 AM
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Armstrong's not cutting it. Age appears to be taking it's toll.

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Old 07-11-10, 09:54 AM
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I don't think it's age. It's desire.
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too many crashes
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It's not "it's"; it's "its."
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Old 07-11-10, 09:57 AM
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I think he is doing much better than many of the younger guys. He was ahead of Contador after the Time Trial but lost time in stage 3 because of a flat tire. If it wasn't for the flat, he would be in the top 10. He may not win the TDF, but he will probably finish in the top 10. Anyone capable of finishing in the top 10 deserves to be in the TDF.

I don't care if he wins it or not, I just want to see him beat Contador which is unlikely.
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I agree, the tire ate up lots of time. He was cruising with contador no problem yesterday, nobody seemed to feel it was worth it to make a huge move to catch the front 5. I think if he hadn't had the flat he would be right up there in contention, and who knows what's going to happen in the mountains? That's where we'll REALLY see if age is taking its toll.
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Originally Posted by Cat4Lifer View Post
It's not "it's"; it's "its."
STFU. Your grammar skills are weak.

"I don't think it is age. It is desire." Apostrophes replace the "i".
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He had 7 straight years of near perfect luck when he was winning, and it all seems to be coming back to haunt him. He most likely wouldn't have hung with that top group, but he could have stuck with Kloden (or at least Horner) if he hadn't hit the pavement twice. He seemed to just give up after that second crash, which is something you never saw him do before. He's done, as far as actually getting a podium spot. He can still help Levi get on there though.
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Do you think he'll make it to Paris? Could GL's prediction be true?
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Originally Posted by Dr. Banzai View Post
STFU. Your grammar skills are weak.

"I don't think it is age. It is desire." Apostrophes replace the "i".
Yea it really bothers me when others do the grammar correction crap on an internet forum. If it's not legible then fine but otherwise leave well enough alone. To be wrong on top of that doesn't look good. So hopefully this is a lesson.
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Originally Posted by Dr. Banzai View Post
STFU. Your grammar skills are weak.

"I don't think it is age. It is desire." Apostrophes replace the "i".
Relax, nurse Banzai; I was referring to the heading of the thread.

Armstrong's not cutting it. Age appears to be taking it's toll.
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I agree with some of the comments above, his near perfect luck of the years past is just coming back to bite him. He had just caught up with the group after a wreck just in time to climb a cat 1 climb, he was done before the climb even started. He may have been able to recover from it in his earlier days, but I think his age hurts his recovery from things such as that. I think his form has looked good, and if it wasn't for his bad luck he would have at least still been in the top 10 for GC. Look out for him to win a mountain stage now, he will hold back and put everything into one stage so he at least has something to take from this years tour. I think that's why he gave up so soon as well, after about losing a minute he realized it was already hopless for his GC hopes, so he decided to conserve energy to maybe steal a stage win, as well as hopefully put Levi on the podium.
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maybe we won't have to see so much of him on the tour coverage now.
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maybe we won't have to see so much of him on the tour coverage now.
Unlikely. Lance has been the Gravy Train for Versus for over a decade. The Lancerbation won't stop now.
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Unlikely. Lance has been the Gravy Train for Versus for over a decade. The Lancerbation won't stop now.
I agree. Watch for a what will Lance do now that he can't win storyline coming from Versus.
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Unlikely. Lance has been the Gravy Train for Versus for over a decade. The Lancerbation won't stop now.
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I would still watch the TDF even if Lance weren't riding this year. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Lance, but I'm interested in pro cycling and not personality cults.

Then again, I do enjoy his commercials. Maybe Lance should get into acting after he retires from pro cycling.
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I were a Lance fan about 4 months ago. Then I read an magazine article about how badly the Astana team treat Contador. Always likes dominating sportsmen (like Tiger in golf, or MJ in basketball) so kinda rooted for Contador. But Schleck and his finals move - that is awesome. Cadel - coming number 2 so many times also deserved a chances. So now, I are lost - Contador, Schleck, Evans - who should I root for? I think I"ll stay Contador.

Grammar boys - please correct the above
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I've watched the TdF since before there was a Lance (as a racer).
I'll watch the TdF after he's gone (again).
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i think you should take this **** to the 217, quit biting pcad, and quit dumbing down the 41.
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Let's see if I can get through this with no grammar gaffes.

Personally, I'm conflicted that Lance came out of retirement. On one hand I really like to see somebody that knows when to quit when they're on top. It's painful to see a legend grow feet of clay.

On the other hand Armstrong exposes the sport of road cycling to an awful lot of people (Americans) that otherwise would not have any interest. I think that is good for our sport.

Lance hasn't been my favorite rider. While I admire his achievements his personality leaves me cold. I've been VERY unfortunate in my choices. I used to think Tyler Hamilton was a hero. I used to think Landis was a nice guy that could win.

My nationalistic hopes are pinned on Liephiemer. I think he can win this thing with the support of the Radio Shack team.
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Originally Posted by Unagidon View Post
I were a Lance fan about 4 months ago. Then I read an magazine article about how badly the Astana team treat Contador. Always likes dominating sportsmen (like Tiger in golf, or MJ in basketball) so kinda rooted for Contador. But Schleck and his finals move - that is awesome. Cadel - coming number 2 so many times also deserved a chances. So now, I are lost - Contador, Schleck, Evans - who should I root for? I think I"ll stay Contador.

Grammar boys - please correct the above
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I would still watch the TDF even if Lance weren't riding this year. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Lance, but I'm interested in pro cycling and not personality cults.

Then again, I do enjoy his commercials. Maybe Lance should get into acting after he retires from pro cycling.
Really? You like his commercials? I think he is overexposed, pitching beer, cycling components and, of course, a soon to be bankrupt Radio Shack corporation.

I am starting to hate the star mentality, especially when the big star clearly has lost it out on the road.
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Let's see if I can get through this with no grammar gaffes.
YOU iDiot! It's without any grammar gaffes...
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Let's see if I can get through this with no grammar gaffes.

Personally, I'm conflicted that Lance came out of retirement. On one hand I really like to see somebody that knows when to quit when they're on top. It's painful to see a legend grow feet of clay.

On the other hand Armstrong exposes the sport of road cycling to an awful lot of people (Americans) that otherwise would not have any interest. I think that is good for our sport.

Lance hasn't been my favorite rider. While I admire his achievements his personality leaves me cold. I've been VERY unfortunate in my choices. I used to think Tyler Hamilton was a hero. I used to think Landis was a nice guy that could win.

My nationalistic hopes are pinned on Liephiemer. I think he can win this thing with the support of the Radio Shack team.
When Lance departs the scene, Americans will tune out bike racing.
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