- May 26, 2010
this point has been brought up countless times in the argument that he came out of nowhere in 1999. he realised it too when he started the stories of his body changed by the cancer, higher cadence to his pedalling, his body produced less latic acid etc..lots of lies.Microchip said:Hi again. This forum is so interesting. With regard to this topic I'd like to make this comment (and hope that world war 4 doesn't begin) :
I own this book, The Official Tour de France Centennial 1903-2003. The book is written mainly like a race report and reproduces the names of the first-placed 20 riders in the tours on the same page as that year's report.
Up to and including 1998 Lance's name isn't listed in the top 20. Twice it appears in the list of riders who won a stage – in 1993 and 1995.
Then, in 1999 he won the entire race by more than 6 minutes ahead of second-placed Alex Zulle of Switzerland. Then, as we know, he came first six more times in a row.
Just looking at the list order, I am having difficulty understanding how a person could be a tour contender when for years he couldn't come in the top 20. I hope this comment would not be taken as incendiary, it's only the logic of it I'm looking at. I'd be interested in hearing thoughts about it, since I'm a cycling fan who's still learning about the techniques of the sport.
most of the top tour winners won their first TdF before they were 25, Merckx, Hinault etc others who won the tour showed great promise at an early age with high finishes, but as you say the guy was nowhere till 1999.
like lightening out of flickie's ***
read 'lance to landis' or 'La confidential' by David Walsh and you'll get a great insight into some of the ways and means that enabled him to win 7 TdFs and get away with it. otherwise hang around here