July 25, 2005
Wrapping up the 2005 Tour
Samuel Abt quotes Armstrong:
"There was nothing on the line this year, no history, no record, no financial reward, just a promise," he said Saturday to explain his participation. When Discovery Channel signed on as sponsor for three years this season, replacing United States Postal Service, he promised to ride the Tour one more time.
As for his retirement, he said, "Absolutely no regrets.
The New York Times page also features some multimedia slide shows.
I haven't seen anybody mention it, but I think the organization did a tremendous job with the route this year. Last year's route was a disaster, with a tightly placed field through the first week causing a lot of crashes, including the one on the cobbles. Then you had the time trial up Alpe d'Huez, which sounds like an epic idea, but didn't work out so well, primarily for crowd control reasons.
I'm looking back over the stages now, but I remember Armstrong being really under pressure about 4-5 times last year. This year, it seemed like his rivals had dozens of chances to crack The Boss. He just wouldn't crack.
On the other hand, the jerseys didn't change hands very much. The white was occasionally under attack in the mountains, but the polka-dots and green jersey were essentially taken by Stage 10 or so.
as the tour wraps up, i want to thank you for your coverage and comments. you and cyclingnews were the best sources to get my tour fix during the work day. i'll see you next year!
Posted by: brian at Jul 25, 2005 10:38:41 AM
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Posted by: Slurrrp Cycling News at Jul 25, 2005 11:50:01 AM
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Posted by: brian at Jul 25, 2005 12:10:14 PM