Sunday, July 17, 2005

Hincapie Wins!

Today was a great race, with multiple battles playing out.

That’s great for George Hincapie, that guy is as steady as they come. George Hincapie is the only rider to have been with Lance Armstrong for each of the his six Tour victories, and what may very well prove to be the seventh. Hincapie is always tough in the Paris-Roubaix, another favorite road race of us mountain bikers.

Congratulations to Hincapie! A well deserved win!

At this stage of the Le Tour, Basso looks to be the only real challenge to Armstrong. Ullrich and Rasmussen keep losing time, and will need some standout performances and stellar luck to threaten at this point.

People tend to forget Ullrich won Le Tour once and finished second to Armstrong three times, he is every bit as tough as Armstrong but maybe not as smart in some areas. If Ullrich had better teams and stronger personal discipline perhaps the last seven Tours could have been a battle of back and forths between the two. Ullrich takes a lot of heat but I admire his perseverance, he’s got grit.

Next year’s Tour will feature a battle between Basso and Ullrich, plus a host of newcomer’s that are hungry for a win and a ‘Armstrongless’ Tour.

I have to admit, I’m already looking forward to next years Tour and there’s still so much racing left in this one!

However, let there be no doubt about it, Lance Armstrong has put his stamp on Le Tour once again. He is still the man to beat and it’s going to take some doing. His team is not as strong as they have been in years past but Armstrong seems to be making up for that by himself. He’s dominating Le Tour.

Now, I’m off for a ride!

2 Opinions:

Anonymous Pepper speaks!

Enjoy! And congrats to Hincapie! I like sports shake-ups and surprises. That's what's great about the Tour - even if Armstrong wins it again and again, there's all kinds of other drama.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Recidivist speaks!

A great win it was.

10:57 AM  

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