2010 Tour de France: Aging in the Pyrenees

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07/22/2010| 0 comments
by Paul Rogen
Lance Armstrong just before the start of the stage 16 of the 2010 Tour de France in Luchon.
Lance Armstrong just before the start of the stage 16 of the 2010 Tour de France in Luchon.

2010 Tour de France: Aging in the Pyrenees

Well, on Tuesday cycling fans the world over got a bit of what they were waiting for.  The aging Lance Armstrong put the old bit between his teeth and really went at it. Stage 16 at the Tour de France 2010 was scheduled for 199.5 klicks and Lance did them all.  He just sat up and missed the win by a few meters to a much younger man.

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Today in the rain and fog on the Tourmalet, it was different.  It was confirmed that cycling at this level is not for everyone, even Lance Armstrong at 37 years old.  Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck showed us that cycling racing at the highest level really is a young man's game.  Lance looked good, but lost more time to the young duelists.

So there you have it from the Pyrenees, lots is going on for cyclists of all ages, but the intense focus is on how the older guys settle in to this new age and still contribute.  I am listening to them all, but am not sure who to follow into the next age of vintage cycling: Lance, George or Rafael?

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