Tour de France 2005, Stage 17

Posted in Tour de France on July 20th, 2005 by bill

Upon further reflection, I think I can answer my rhetorical question from the previous entry. The question was, if you’re Ivan Basso or Jan Ullrich, what do you have to lose by going all-out to try to beat Lance Armstrong? The answer is, you could wipe yourself out and end up falling way down in the standings, or even not being able to finish the Tour.

Maybe I’m letting my reflexive American fetish for being number one cloud my judgment. Maybe coming in second or third is good enough. Maybe I should apologize to Ullrich, Basso, and Mickael Rasmussen for calling them “surrender monkeys.”

Maybe. Even having said all that, I can’t help but feel that after having ridden so many miles, suffered so much, and come so close, you would want to push yourself and see if you couldn’t win the damn thing.
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