Tour 2010: Stage 8 (2)

11 July 2010 § 1 Comment

During his run of seven straight Tour wins – a record that will probably stand for all time – Lance Armstrong was unassailable in the mountains. On today’s stage, which is by no means the hardest of this year’s race, he lost 12 minutes and any hope of winning his final Tour. Great champion though he is, the firepower to deal with young guns like Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador is no longer there. I think we’ve witnessed the end of an era. Le roi est mort. Vive le roi. 

NO WAY BACK

Camera cuts
To Lance:
On the front,
Jersey slashed open
Crucifix swinging
His face set, revealing nothing.
But this is not
Tête de la course:
Today
He leads
Groupe Armstrong
And the gap to his successors
Stretches out to minutes.
The seven-time winner
Who held the whole world
In his hands
Learns what it is
To lose
To fall
To fail
Feel his age.
And know there can be
No comeback.

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§ One Response to Tour 2010: Stage 8 (2)

  • slpmartin says:

    As I read this…I kept thinking about all those ‘superstars’ that could not believe that age had finally caught up with them…so many could not accept it until utter defeat and then slowly…Lance has given much to the sport..I hope he quits before total disgrace of his legacy…I do love how you capture these events.

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