July 08, 2005
A few of us were watching all along...
Over at PopMatters.com, Robert Collins offers a terrific essay on Lance Armstrong's influence on US sports media, and how his success has opened US eyes to bike racing:
Win or lose, Armstrong calling an end to one of cycling's greatest careers marks one of those rare occasions where the sports world, the real sports world, doffs its cap in honour of a true champion. And even on the Champs-Elysees, win or lose, they'll raise a glass to the man who tamed their great race so many times. They'll be there in their hundreds of thousands, all aiming for a last glimpse at the greatest champion since Merckx. "Allez Lance! Allez."
Bonus points for the Lemond story. Bonus bonus points for the Randy Newman reference in the headline. Read it all.
And, looking at it another way: