It is about the bike

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?

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2 Responses to It is about the bike

  1. Ed says:

    Lance is bored. Add that to the fact that his ego is greater than all outdoors, and you have an athlete who can’t go away gracefully. Has he spent all his TREK endorsement money already? I hate to be cynical about Lance, it’s practically blasphemous, but clinging to glory when it’s other guys’ turn is a little sad. Of course if he pulls it off, I’ll take my hat off to him just like every other year.

  2. pelotonjim says:

    Ed, I have mixed feelings on the topic myself. My first reaction was NO!!!, but if he wants to do it, who am I to argue? Ok, I will.

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