Monday, June 27, 2005

Lance Armstrong Still A Strong Favorite For Tour De France

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Tour De France doesn’t begin until Saturday (Jul. 2) but experts are already picking six-time-winner and one-balled cyclist Lance Armstrong as the strongest competitor in the race.

Bob Roll, who does cycling commentary on the Outdoor Life Network, doesn’t think it’s “humanly possible” for Armstrong to win an unprecedented seventh consecutive victory but, as he puts it, “when you look at who could beat him, no one springs to mind.”

Although cyclists beat Armstrong on a regular basis in smaller races, Roll says “the big dogs get fired up by the big events.”

Roll is the co-author of The Tour De France Companion (Workman) and, as he points out, “You can’t talk about the tour without Lance’s name coming up.”

He says cycling interest in America has shot up because of Armstrong and claims the cycling stud “rescued a dying elephant and charged it full of life.”

Still, when Armstrong hangs up his yellow jersey, Roll admits American interest will wane “because, if it’s another Lance you’re looking for, I don’t think we’ll see that in our lifetime.”

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