July 24, 2005
“Vive le Tour”
Armstrong's comments from his final Tour de France podium:
"It's a dream podium I'm standing on here. Jan is a special person and a special rival," said Armstrong as he turned to the German.
"Ivan, well you are just tough to race against. You're too much of a friend but maybe you're the future of the race for the years to come."
Turning to both, Armstrong added: "Ivan, maybe it's your turn next year, or Jan, maybe it will be yours."
After briefly criticising the doubters who claim that his exploits have been achieved through illicit means - he has faced accusations of doping in the past - Armstrong had only one thing to say: "Vive le Tour. Forever."
So long Lance, it's been a great ride with many, many great memories. Tour won't be the same without you next year--I just wonder if OLN will carry more than a few updates. I missed the Giro this year and the Vuelta last year. Let's hope we are not heading toward the black hole of cycling coverage in this country. Fingers crossed.
Posted by: Trée at Jul 24, 2005 6:29:32 PM
It's a satisfying end to an era and I savored seeing the champ go out on top. It will be exciting next year; I just hope OLN doesn't opt to cut its live coverage because Lance won't be around defending his title.
Posted by: noelle at Jul 24, 2005 6:50:17 PM
Tell me about it Noelle. I want to see the Basso - Ullrich - Vinokourov battle.
Posted by: Devans at Jul 25, 2005 2:33:26 AM