A New Role for Lance

July 11, 2010 - Morzine-Avoriaz, FRANCE - epa02245234 Radioshack team rider Lance Armstrong of the US finishes the eighth stage of the 97th Tour de France 2010 cycling race between Station Des Rousses and Morzine-Avoriaz, France, 11 July 2010.

Whether it was the inevitability of increasing age or a long-overdue rebalancing by Lady Luck, Lance Armstrong’s attempt to win an eighth Tour de France ended Sunday with a tire puncture and multiple crashes. He rolled across the finish line in Morzine-Avoriaz twelve minutes after stage winner Andy Schleck, his jersey, hopes, and epidermis in shatters.

He now sits in 39th position overall, more than thirteen minutes behind leader Cadel Evans. “My Tour is finished”, he said afterwards.

We’ve seen Lance win the Tour de France seven times. We’ve seen him overcome staggering odds, both on the road and off. We’ve seen psychological domination and gamesmanship that devastates his opponents. We’ve seen him become both a commercial and a non-profit juggernaut. Now we get to see something new.

We get to see him as a humble teammate.

There might be no better way to finish his racing career than to help ride newly anointed team leader Levi Leipheimer to a win in the overall classification.

C’mon, Lance. We’re still pulling for you.

2 Comments on “A New Role for Lance

  1. Paul G.

    Well…I don’t think we’ve seen the ‘humble’ part yet…his latest retort and rejoinder to former teammate Flyod Landis was anything but.

    You let me know when you see the ‘humble’ part. Me? I’m still waiting…

  2. Brian Combs

    It’s certainly possible that he’s not capable of humility. We’re about to find out.

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