Unless you have been under a rock for the past 24 hours, you know that the ‘Boss’ is ending his retirement to take a shot at an eighth Tour de France. I guess one question is answered. Chasing starlets is not as satisfying as chasing the Maillot Jaune.
The next question is which team will both have Lance and will Lance have? The logical first choice is to hook up with the other half of cycling’s most successful tandem, Johan Bruneel. Not so fast. Astana is not officially out of the ASO’s doghouse and given the chilly relationship between the Texan and the ASO, the latter may be tempted to extend Astana’s penance for another year. So, if not Astana, who? Well like all good novels, we need to wait for another couple of weeks.
I have mixed feelings about this. Sports history is filled with athletes who tried and failed to capture their glory days. In fact, most returns from retirements turn out to be an embarrassment for the athlete. Then again, are there any odds that Lance has not beaten? I’ll try to give you a point – counter point on the issue over the next few days. What do you think?