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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Landis Wins The Tour de France

Contratulations to Floyd Landis for winning the Tour. And he did it with one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen.

First he fell behind the leader by 8:08 in Stage 16 on Wednesday. Then he proceeded to totally crush the field the next day by over 7 minutes and made up all but 30 seconds. And then put himself ahead in the next to last day's time trial. And all with an arthritic hip he'll have to have replaced after teh Tour.

I used to be a 60-70 mile a week runner back in high school and college, so I understand a bit about endurance sports (and about arthritic joints - a knee in my case). But these cyclists are incredible -- over four hours on a bike through the Alps, and then they sprint at the end. And this is not just once, but every day for 3 weeks.


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