Prediction: Armstrong will not win seven
Lance Armstrong will not win the Tour de France this year.
Geoffrey Nicholson, in his book The Great Bike Race (1977), wrote that the ?episode illustrated ? forcefully Merkx?s generosity and his professional conscience. By carrying on ? and especially by doing so as an active combatant, making light of his injuries ? he granted Thevenet a total triumph.?
Armstrong, no less a professional than Merckx, will surely be an active combatant in this, his last Tour. He is offering his challengers the opportunity ? the last ever -- of a total triumph against him. It is an opportunity they would be foolish not to pursue with every available bit of energy and determination they have.
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