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Will Lance Armstrong Win the 2009 Tour de France?

Old 09-10-08, 10:04 AM
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Will Lance Armstrong Win the 2009 Tour de France?

Have at it.
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Nope he wont.
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He'll also win the climbers and sprinters jersey
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Definit maybe.

The guy won 7 straight, then retired, and recently came back at Leadville showing he's still got gas in the legs. I wouldn't put it pas
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I'd be very amused if he went off with the Astana boys and they didn't get invited again.
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Wouldn't count him out. I think he could really pull it off.
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The entire country (myself included) and a good chunk of the world will be pulling for him. Seems unlikely, but we all know not to bet against Lance.
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I think for sure he could win but to do so he has to start...will the TdF let whatever team (yea probably Astana) he signs with start the tour?
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Of course. Here's how it will go:

1. Lance dominates (and intimidates) the competition and wins the TDF.
2. L'Equipe carries a breaking story that LNDD (the Frech lab that has changed it's name) has found Lance's "A" sample positive (thus breaking their own rules about keeping it private until the "B" sample comes back)
3. ASO/Prudhomme gleefully talk about how great the system is now and how they've shown the old guard can't beat them
4. Lance, Nike and Trek bring out the lawyers and sue the living hell out of LNDD, L'Equipe and ASO
5. On a technicality, Lance wins the case and is awarded his victory, leaving (as before) millions of questions and doubters.
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I wouldn't bet against him, but I wouldn't bet for him, either. Curious to see how he does in the lead-up events.
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Not if he goes with Astana. I can't see Levi or Alberto (L.A.... coincidence?) riding for him.
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Maybe. Maybe not. The competition is really strong this year, but after winning the damned race seven times, you would think that he'd be a pro at winning that race...?

What concerns me more is that some spectator might pull a fast one like a guy did to Merckx...
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Originally Posted by donrhummy
Of course. Here's how it will go:

1. Lance dominates (and intimidates) the competition and wins the TDF.
2. L'Equipe carries a breaking story that LNDD (the Frech lab that has changed it's name) has found Lance's "A" sample positive (thus breaking their own rules about keeping it private until the "B" sample comes back)
3. ASO/Prudhomme gleefully talk about how great the system is now and how they've shown the old guard can't beat them
4. Lance, Nike and Trek bring out the lawyers and sue the living hell out of LNDD, L'Equipe and ASO
5. On a technicality, Lance wins the case and is awarded his victory, leaving (as before) millions of questions and doubters.
if i didn't know better, i'd almost think you knew what you were talking about. then again, i know better.
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Chipcom ftw.
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Has he even said anything about entering ? Or is this just a given ?
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He'd have to have a great team behind him. I don't see Contador giving up one of his prime years to ride for a almost 38 year old man.

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Gotta wait till Sep 24th when he announces it all... that said..

Not saying he's a doper not saying he is but he has had a few years of being 'untested'?
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Pretty bold statement from Lance. Although He has done what he said he'd do in the past, but he will need the team to do it. At this point I wouldn't put money on it, but you'd bet I'd like to see him ride again. Who wouldn't ? Even if it turns out to be train wreck for him.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
Not if he goes with Astana. I can't see Levi or Alberto (L.A.... coincidence?) riding for him.
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The odds have to beagainst Armstrong, just based on history, age, and all the things that can derail any individual from winning. So my money would be on the field.

But I wouldn't be surprised if he pulled it off.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
I think for sure he could win but to do so he has to start...will the TdF let whatever team (yea probably Astana) he signs with start the tour?
You kind of have to wonder about that. Prudhomme has already said that Lance is welcome at the Tour, but what else could he really say right now? If the ASO doesn't really want Lance there, they can't cite any quasi-legitimate reason at the moment other than "it's our party and we'll invite who we want". Appearing to be "anti-cancer awareness" would be a bad PR move for them. However if they found a way to exclude Lance's team, as Astana was excluded this year based on the transgressions of riders and management no longer with the team, then that is a different story. It would be hard for the ASO not to look like le douché baguettes if Lance was excluded for nothing more than a thinly-veiled grudge. Still, I'm willing to give the ASO the benefit of the doubt and think that they will let him in.
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He knows more about the tour than any of us, and he seems to think he can win it.
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I think he'll be caught doping, then throw a hissy-fit about how the labs are evil and how he's pure, blah blah blah, then send his lawyers after everyone who thinks he ever do---- oh, damn, there's a knock at the door, hold on.
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