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Lance always looks fat from the side due to his lung capacity (no trickery there, the guy is a freak). This picture, looks a bit worse than usual for sure.

Getting a flatter back, IMO is all about seat tilt. He only has the uniball to squash, but in my case, I just can't ride comfortably with a "level" seat. So, tip down, flat back, lots of power from the back and the legs.

Beyond me how He is going to stay with his helpers if they don't wait for him. They are more ready than Him, judging from the TT.
 
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Cloxxki said:
Lance always looks fat from the side due to his lung capacity (no trickery there, the guy is a freak).

It's a well known fact that Hgh increase the size of your stomach, have a look at the photos of him running awhile back with that actor. Classic Hgh look there.

He's a freak, but not for his lung capacity.

On topic, I don't actually think he's that overweight.
 

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Cloxxki said:
Lance always looks fat from the side due to his lung capacity (no trickery there, the guy is a freak). This picture, looks a bit worse than usual for sure.

Getting a flatter back, IMO is all about seat tilt. He only has the uniball to squash, but in my case, I just can't ride comfortably with a "level" seat. So, tip down, flat back, lots of power from the back and the legs.

Beyond me how He is going to stay with his helpers if they don't wait for him. They are more ready than Him, judging from the TT.

there's nothing unusual about Armstrong's lung capacity - his VO2 max is pretty unremarkable...re his position, he has a lingering back problem and loses power in a more aero position. It's always about tradeoffs
 
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buckwheat said:
The guy is like 5'7" and he's already riding a 58 cm madone.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features...ongs-team-radioshack-trek-madone-6-series-rvv

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/lance-armstrongs-trek-madone-69-livestrong-20045

I would think his TT bike has correspondingly similiar dimensions. How much more can he be stretched out.

http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech/2009/probikes/?id=lance_armstrong_trek_equinox_giro09

Then again, maybe I'm wrong.

2009vs2010tt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-HUdQwZT3Y

it says his TT bike has a 55cm top tube, a little short for a guy 5"11", and in his picture in the thread his hands are far back on the bars, his wrists almost touch the tt bar pads, so he is almost in a ball. does he have back problems?
I'll bet he loses a lot time of because of his position
 
Yes, I believe Armstrong has a spondylolisthesis around L5. This was likely less of an issue in the pre-retirement TTs as you were able to push the saddle farther forward. Now he is older (stiffer) and his bike needs to conform to UCI rules, so the saddle is likely farther back and his aerodymamics are the sh*ts.

He certainly does not look good on the TT bike!
 
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Yes, I believe Armstrong has a spondylolisthesis around L5. This was likely less of an issue in the pre-retirement TTs as you were able to push the saddle farther forward. Now he is older (stiffer) and his bike needs to conform to UCI rules, so the saddle is likely farther back and his aerodymamics are the sh*ts.

He certainly does not look good on the TT bike!

he never has looked good on the bike, IMO. but he went faster so what do i know? Canc looks like a textbook TT rider.
 
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Grant Hackett: at the time he was the Olympic swimming captain for Australia, and was -lighter- than his usual weight.

So i'm not really weighing in on lance one way or the other, but I wouldn't get too carried away with appearances (especially one-off photos).
 
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why does he hold the tt bars so far back? the arm rests are up on his wrists... something is not quite right... and that is a fair gut he's got going there
 
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why does he hold the tt bars so far back? the arm rests are up on his wrists... something is not quite right... and that is a fair gut he's got going there

He was more aero before the UCI changed the time trial bike rules or began to more rigorously enforce them. He cannot get as forward as he used to because of the rules, and his crook back makes him curl up in a little ball on the bars.
 
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Armstrong has always been a big guy on a bike, nothing new there. He has still a small gut but basically he looked like that 99-05 Tours.
 
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Willy_Voet said:
It works both ways:

checkout Frank's size...compared to other riders, Armstrong, Cancellara and tell me how he finishes so high in a TT????

http://www.steephill.tv/2010/tour-de-suisse/photos/stage-09/

he looks very similar in size to Gesink and Pellizoti, strong climbers, it so obvious he PEDs:mad:


Here's a clue: They all do the same ****.

Willy, course they do. but lots of FBs dont look at other racers, they only have eyes for their hero....:D

franky is PED up, he was surprised he won the TdS, imagine he was on more than the others and he thought he was taking less, 'cept maybe uniballer who i imagine goes all out with his PED program knowing he's banked his money on those tests...;)

i posted because it is so obvious in the pictures that he is a 1 day classic racer due to his size and build not a GT rider

all in my opinion....:p
 
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The photos aren't comparable. Just check wheelsize with a ruler to confirm for yourself. Lance's frontwheel is 65mm in diameter, Canc's is just 60. 10% matters.
 
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hektoren said:
The photos aren't comparable. Just check wheelsize with a ruler to confirm for yourself. Lance's frontwheel is 65mm in diameter, Canc's is just 60. 10% matters.

Uniballer's front wheel on my screen is 55mm, Cancellara 60mm

Uniballer is more likely to be of similar size to Canc, a classics rider, than guys who can climb col's due to their size...

I was comparing him to the other climbers, Schleck, Gesink...and it is confirmed by the podium pic....;)
 
Doesn't look that big to me, obviously an all-rounder in the old style rather than a pure climber - if he thought he was overweight he'd do a course of AICAR and job done.

His position on the bike though is an absolute disgrace. There are over-60s in UK timetrials getting lower and flatter than that.
 
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Animal said:
No. Why?

A 650mm wheel really looks tiny. All those wheels look completely standard.

he was saying the wheels are 55mm and 60mm on his screen. assuming they're both 700 wheels (which i believe everyone is assuming) this means the pictures were taken from different distances. meaning the size of the riders can't be compared directly.

right?
 
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I'm guessing Lance weighs about what Gesink does. Gesink is 6'2". Lance is 5'10". While Lance is definitely more heavyset... height adds weight too.

Contador is about Lance's height... maybe an inch shorter. But he weighs 20 pounds less... riders like him are the ones who get a big climbing advantage due to weight. The question with him becomes... how does he time trial so well with that frame?
 
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kurtinsc said:
I'm guessing Lance weighs about what Gesink does. Gesink is 6'2". Lance is 5'10". While Lance is definitely more heavyset... height adds weight too.

Contador is about Lance's height... maybe an inch shorter. But he weighs 20 pounds less... riders like him are the ones who get a big climbing advantage due to weight. The question with him becomes... how does he time trial so well with that frame?

Probably for the same reason as Levi and Brajkovic...