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LA: “I wouldn’t say that I’m not going for the victory”[NYT]

Old 07-01-09, 05:35 AM
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LA: “I wouldn’t say that I’m not going for the victory”[NYT]

“I will say, full disclaimer, that it’s not been as easy as I thought. I think it’s also fair to say that I’m not as confident in winning as I was in other years.”

Article in this morning's NYT.
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Personally, I don't like Armstrong. However, when you look at how his form improved over the course of the Giro, I don't think that you can dismiss him at le Tour. I would be shocked if he were to win, but I would be even more shocked if he were not a significant factor in the GC standings.


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I can't say that I don't dislike multiple non positives.
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I can't say that I don't dislike multiple non positives.
I cant say that you dont owe me a new brain. My old one short-circuited trying to figure this out.
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Originally Posted by Mose
I can't say that I don't dislike multiple non positives.
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I can't say that I like multiple non positives.
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I dislike multiple non positives.
Originally Posted by Mose
I like multiple positives.
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LA: “I’d say that I’m going for the victory”

Translation for those of you having difficulty parsing his statement.
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It has been speculated that LA is not riding to win. This quote is a direct response to those people who say he is riding to ride. He wants to win. He may win. as Djohannson said, he will definitely be a factor in the GC standings.
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He will only be a factor if the team is riding for him. If they're riding for Contador... or Levi?... or split somehow, he will be pack fodder.

My $.02...
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Certainly seems less definitive than what he stated shortly after last year's tour
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If Armstrong finishes in the top 5 I'll fall off my chair. If he Podiums, I'll be shocked.

If he wins, it will be par for the course for Mr. Armstrong.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
If Armstrong finishes in the top 5 I'll fall off my chair. If he Podiums, I'll be shocked.

If he wins, it will be par for the course for Mr. Armstrong.
Very plausible, the top 5! The work he is doing is really what's it's all about. Winning is just gravy although he is a really strong cyclist, no doubt.
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Originally Posted by ok_commuter
He will only be a factor if the team is riding for him. If they're riding for Contador... or Levi?... or split somehow, he will be pack fodder.

My $.02...
They might ride for Contador. Push comes to shove, Levi will ride for Lance...rather than the team riding for Levi.

I didn't realize just how excited I'd get about this tour! In a VeloNews interview, on the subject of who would "lead" the team, Lance said basically that the race would sort that out.

Go get 'em, Lance.
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Sounds a lot like the "I haven't had much time to ride lately" psych-out banter at the start of the local group ride...
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Rumour has it if Lance wins he will bite the head off a kitten on the podium. You heard it here first.
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Rumour has it if Lance wins he will bite the head off a kitten on the podium. You heard it here first.
I heard that he'll unmask himself as the anti-christ and change the Livestrong logo to 666.
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Originally Posted by FixdGearHead
Certainly seems less definitive than what he stated shortly after last year's tour
Well, since then he's found that "it’s not been as easy as I thought." Things do change.

He is an exceptional person, no doubt, but at his age the time off my prove to be a bigger foe than any other he's faced. Thing is that as you get older you may not get much slower, but you just don't recover as fast as you used to.
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Contador is too strong. If the team truly supports Contador, then I predict he can and will utterly dominate. I think Lance will embrace his role as domestique later in the race, knowing full well that he will get more positive press from being the best teammate in the field rather than being a 5th place GC contender. He will fight the fight at first, but come stage 16 or so, he will submit to AC.
If he can't win it himself, he wants to hear, "Contador wins with the help of Lance Armstrong"

Best TDF ever? I doubt it. Best pre-race hype ever? You bet.

I'll be happy if the climb at Ventoux actually is decisive in the victory and no one gets busted for doping.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
If Armstrong finishes in the top 5 I'll fall off my chair. If he Podiums, I'll be shocked.

If he wins, it will be par for the course for Mr. Armstrong.
This.

I can't wait to see how this thing plays out. I find it hard to believe the Johan will let the team lead for LA when you have Contador on your team, but who knows. They certainly are an amazing team (JB+LA) and there has to be a lot of loyalty between them.
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That's why they do the race boys. There's a lot of **** that can happen between Monaco and Paris.
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I heard that he'll unmask himself as the anti-christ and change the Livestrong logo to 666.
And I'll be there to expose him as a fraud. That is, unless my parents have been telling me lies all these years

If a mask comes off his face, I predict it will actually be Hinault.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
if armstrong finishes in the top 5 i'll fall off my chair. If he podiums, i'll be shocked.

If he wins, it will be par for the course for mr. Armstrong.
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Well, I'm not going for the win, but I'll be here to flame all the rest of you during the Tour, that's for sure.
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave
And I'll be there to expose him as a fraud. That is, unless my parents have been telling me lies all these years

If a mask comes off his face, I predict it will actually be Hinault.
So Contador is really Lemond? Holy crap, they've both lost some weight!
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When Contador was having it out with Rasmussen on the steeps a couple years back... those accelerations looked faster and more frequent than any of Armstrong's were. But that's just intuition. Anyone have a better handle on it? I'm not much of a racer nor a spectator.
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Originally Posted by Mose
When Contador was having it out with Rasmussen on the steeps a couple years back... those accelerations looked faster and more frequent than any of Armstrong's were. But that's just intuition. Anyone have a better handle on it? I'm not much of a racer nor a spectator.
I dunno...memory can fade Mr. Armstrong's heroic performances.

This past Sunday I watched the VS presentation of some of Lance's greatest stages. That just gets you fired up...and seeing it again makes you remember just what a champion he is.
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