Thursday, July 22

Tour de France - Daily Scoop (Stage 17): "Armstrong said today he is not the new Cannibal--a reference to Eddy Merckx, who rarely gave gifts to anyone and seemed to relish personally torturing his rivals by doing things like chasing down their stage win attempts or attacking while already in yellow.

Today's win, and Armstrong's stance, are an interesting contrast to the idea, first reported here, that Armstrong would not seek a seventh Tour win, but instead leave the Tour open to other challengers. Would that be a gift? Or is Armstrong simply ready to leave for other goals--the Giro, the Vuelta or the Hour Record? Likely as not, not even the man himself knows. Gifts, after all, are usually a surprise until they're unwrapped.


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