its an interesting one..
See ive never had an issue with lance, in fact i like the guys riding.. That aggressive, arogant style is something i admire, probably why i also liked cippo, and like cav. The doping argument aside, there is no doubt that some of the greatest moments in tour history over the last twenty years have involved in some way, lance armstrong, the duel with pantani, the look, cycling across open ground etc...
Do I want him to win.. In some ways yes, i have strong feelings that this year he is clean (which will no doubt bring some form of insult - its not needed believe me, i know the opinions of many already so we dont need to go over it), and if he was to win the tour clean, or cleaner, or even on an even playing feild it would leave a lot of people with egg on there faces.
But also, if a guy at 37, can come out of retirement having not ridden a tour for three years, having broken a collarbone and not even had a full seasons training, and beat the likes of the schlecks, contador, evans, sastre, levi, what the hell does it say for the state of cycling at the moment..
But, from a spectator point of view, as long as the french directors dont spend the entire three weeks with a camera staring at lance, and lets face it, that will be the production teams fault, not lances, then having him in the tour, almost his backyard will add such excitement, politics and intrigue. It wont be the dull, follow me and ill follow you tour that weve had recently.. I think its probably certainly for me, the most anticipated tour of the last ten, fifteen years (the one after lance quit was originally to see who would step up, but wasnt that a dissapointment), I am just dying for saturday, and waiting to see what will happen.. That anticipation, like it or not, is down to one man... LA....
So so i want him to win.. I just want a good tour, a great, attacking tour, with agression, memorable moments. Its a fascinating scenario.. the situation in astana with 3 or even 4 GC contenders.. Good v Evil, The old champion versus the new, LA v Contador, Contador v Cadel, Sastre etc, Astana v the Pelaton, Are astana going to head to the front like the discovery of old in the mountains, or is another team going to surprise us and show strength on the front (i have a sneaky feeling about lotto)..
three weeks of racing, and ask me afterwards if Im happy with the result.. it will be intersting to see, if Lance sits back, finishes top ten, does nothing impressive how the lovers will react.. But it will also be intesting, if he takes the race by the scruff of the neck, performs like lance of old, and wins if the haters will give any credit..
its going to be a fascinating three weeks, on tv, on the road, and here on the forum..