It looks like Lance has it in the bag for another year after yesterdays demolition exercise. I really do hope that next year he broadens his horizons and rides other events and I’m sure some other riders are thinking the same. His ability is no surprise to some:
Subject: Hoban: “Other riders should try harder”
Barry Hoban, the British former pro whose career spanned the Anquetil, Merckx and Hinault eras, says he’s mystified by the way today’s Tour de France contenders fail to match Lance Armstrong’s preparation.
In an interview with the BBC, Hoban made the pretty safe prediction that, “unless something catastrophic happens Lance Armstrong will win a record sixth Tour.” He went on to compare Armstrong with other top competitors. “Michael Schumacher is a good example,” said Hoban. “These sportspeople are perfectionists, they prepare carefully and they are meticulous. That’s why I can’t understand the other riders. If Armstrong is so meticulous and talented then the others should try even harder. But riders such as Ullrich get so out of shape that it takes them most of the season to get their fitness levels back up.”
Hoban rode 12 Tours de France between 1964 and 1978, winning eight stages. Now 64, he still rides his bike.
Take one remote control offroad car, one quarter pipe, a house, a few friends with video cameras and add beer, sunshine and a sense of adventure and this is the result. Now that is cool.
Do you think the photographer was fit?
My new phone plays MP3s. Since Winamp have to totally bollocks up my upgrade to the pro edition, I’ve been looking around for something to play on it. And about the best thing I’ve found is this website with loads of free music on it all by unsigned bands and artists. Some of the stuff’s average, but some of it’s really good.
And this is the Singlespeedoutlaw once again.