Lance TDF title chance over

2010-07-11 19:00

Morzine - Lance Armstrong says his hopes of an eighth Tour de France victory are "finished" after an eighth stage in which he struggled in a hard climb and was caught up in three crashes.

Armstrong, at age 38, is riding in what he says will be his last try in cycling's showcase event.

The Texan crossed the finish line nearly 12 minutes behind stage winner Andy Schleck of Luxembourg during the 189km run from Station des Rousses to the Morzine-Avoriaz ski resort.

Armstrong said after the stage on Sunday that he had a "very, very bad day" and "my Tour is finished" - but said he will continue the three-week race that ends July 25 in Paris.


  • Joeman - 2010-07-11 18:58

    I could have said i told u so.. Now for Contador to do his thing

  • Ghost29 - 2010-07-11 19:23

    Sigh, the drugs can only help so much.

  • Stone - 2010-07-11 19:26

    Lance was very unlucky to puncture on the cobbles and then to crash at the base of todays 1st big climb. I doubt any of the other top riders would have got back on terms with that kind of luck. End of an era.

  • NomoreTDFforme - 2010-07-11 20:47

    Like him or not, Armtrong had a huge personality that kept viewers glued to the screen year after year with his tactics, strategy and other antics. With him out I have no interest in watching this or any future Tour until someone else with as bigger personality takes up cycling.

  • Lance naysayer - 2010-07-12 07:01

    End of an era era of being able to keep one step ahead of the doping tests. For once Lance suffers a small setback and he throws in the towel...shows what a w@nker he is!! Good we can focus on the real tallent without having to endure the Lance, Lance, Lance mantra!!

  • Terri - 2010-07-12 08:00

    @Lance naysayer Lance did not suffer a small setback!!! He has had very bad luck and he has NOT THROWH IN THE TOWEL!!! He WILL finish the tour, he just will not be able to win it!!!!! That;s what he meant!!! And as for the doping thing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, he gets tested so often, it would be impossible to have come this far without being caught out if he was a cheat!!!!!! Lance is a survivor and I will always admire him!!!!!!!

  • FAN - 2010-07-12 08:18

    Lance will always be one of the worlds best Sportsman ever!

  • Sports Scientist - UCT - 2010-07-12 08:41

    What D*&kcs some of you are - Lance has been tested 3 to 4 times a week for banned subs and drugs over a period of +-15years and STILL found clean - just to TRY to catch him.... he is THE most tested sportsman EVER. Its easy to point fingers at the successful by underachieving chops.

  • Dan - 2010-07-12 09:09

    @Lance naysayer - The fact that you don't even know how to spell talent speaks volumes... Lance Armstrong is a legend and he achieved what will never be equalled in the history of cycling. If you can't post something intelligent, rather don't post anything you chop..

  • Lancet - 2010-07-12 09:50

    The fat lady hasn't sung yet. The TDF isn't won or lost in the first week. Contador and others will crash and LA will make the comeback of his life.

  • Lee - 2010-07-12 10:15

    I think Lance is an absolute hero, the TDF will not be the same without him. I really wish he could have gone on and won the tour for an 8th time. But he is not a quitter and he will still do his best for the rest of the Tour and will watch every step of the way.

  • Chris - 2010-07-12 10:26

    @Lance naysayer, you are one sick puppy, Lance has achieved in cycling what we can only dream of, including his competitors. he is the most tested sportman in history and never found to be illegal, hats off to a brilliant ambassador for future cyclists. For the record" he is not giving up", he knows how tough and competitive this tour is and with a deficit of 10min it is almost impossible to win, but he will finish the tour and support his team. HATS OFF TO A TRUE LEGENT. The tour will never be the same again until such time we see another cyclist with the same fighting spirit.

  • ronetti - 2010-07-12 11:30

    To Lance naysayer, if U dont like the guy, dont watch him or read stories about him, why do U even write about him?? Mabe because U wish U could achieve what he could hey??? Get a life bozo

  • TDF or die - 2010-07-12 12:43

    I agree with NomoreTDFforme about Lance. Like him or not, he is amazing. Even with huge amount of drugs, you still have to put in the effort and be an awesome rider. BUT, I'm glad Lance is out of the competition (not that he really was a threat this year). It's a shame that it had to be because of crashes, which is unfortunate. I'm gatvol of seeing Lance, hearing about him and having the camera on him all the time when we are missing out on some huge action in front (especially last year). This year, Lance's personality was bigger (or stronger) than his legs. If you speak to Andy Schleck, only Contador is a true competition for him, so even before all the crashes yesterday, Lance would still not have been a threat for this tour. Hats off to Lance for being a great rider, but unfortunately, your time is up buddy!!! I'm sure people would have stopped watching the tour when Eddy Mercx also decided to retire, but we have to be loyal supporters of the tour or find a new sport. Go Andy!!! Go Saxo Bank!!! I hope you win! Glad you kicked Contador's yellow but yesterday!

  • cycling fan - 2010-07-12 13:39

    End of an era? On the bike perhaps yes, but Lance has to many other interests that is cycling related, and we have hardly seen the last of him!! I am a huge fan of Lance and what he has achieved in cycling and in his personal life. I doubt that all of us posting on this article, will collectively be able to achieve what he has. Yes, Lance has his faults, but he is only human. Kontador thought he is the man in the field, but yesterday showed his weaknesses. Bad team management, Bad team members, Bad tactics and not strong enough to contend with Schleck on the climbs. I for one will be supporting Lance and Andy and the Evans boytjie (even if he is an Aussie). Best sportsman ever? That is a big statement and title to bestow on Lance, however, he deserves it. Most tested sportsman in the history? True. And has never been caught? Ever thought why? Could it be that he does not use EPO or other drugs? The facts/stats are there for everyone to see. Look beyond your dislike of Lance and be objective. Lance is a person that changed international cycling forever. Like it or not, he is a LEGEND

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