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July 24, 2003

sfgate.com | How does Armstrong measure up with cycling's best?

In an AP story at sfgate.com, Jerome Pugmire tries to establish Lance Armstrong's place in the Peloton-ic Pantheon.

First thing: Too early. Armstrong may yet lose this Tour, or he could win this one and the next 5. That's a mighty big swing.

Next thing: Like most sports, the development of better scientific training methods (some would suggest less legal means, as well) has led to athletes training to a shorter, higher peak than they used to, and the death of the off-season has them building from a higher baseline each year.

Despite the changes in cycling, there's still only one name you can put at the top: Eddy Merckx, and that's the conclusion Pugmire reaches.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 24, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink