Chris's Rants

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The man is a machine

Armstrong Ends Career With 7th Tour Win:
One hand on his handlebars, the other holding a flute of champagne, Armstrong toasted his teammates as he pedaled into Paris to collect his crown. He held up seven fingers — one for each win — and a piece of paper with the number 7 on it.

When it was over, Armstrong saluted the race he's made his own.

"Vive le Tour, forever," he said.
. There's simply no other athlete who has dominated a sport the way that Armstrong has the Tour de France. At least, none that I can recall. Even Sampras was not this dominant.

Watching his stage victory yesterday was simply awe inspiring. Watching the other racers give him his due today, allowing him to lead the race until the first sprint and then allowing him to be the first to cross the finish line on the Champs-Elysees (they had eight more laps to go to the actual finish of the stage) demonstrated to me, at least, that they are true sportsmen.


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