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Old 07-08-2004, 08:57 PM   #16
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I heard this same argument. That Armstrong skips so many other races that it's easier for him come Tour de France time. It's an interesting argument. Just wondering though, to what extent do the other cyclists compete in other races? Because if the majority of the top cyclists are focusing on the Tour de France doesn't that level the field?
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:23 PM   #17
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I'm not a cycling fan so I couldn't say, but from what that guy on Mike and Mike was saying there are quite a few other major races that he chooses to not race in.

I'd imagine it's just like other sports like tennis and golf where there are many big tournaments per year. Sounds like Armstrong chooses to only take part in the Super Bowl of cycling.
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:30 PM   #18
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i don't think any other races have nearly the prestige of the tour de france, or else we'd know their names

i'm sure he could do well if he did a fuller schedule, but tiger loses a lot, and he's still considered the best. I think if he did do a lot of other races, and only really dominated the tour de france, he'd still be considered the best, since thats the only household bike race.

if a team only played in the superbowl, but won 6 times in a row (against the best team each year), i'd say that even though the team took a shortcut, they must be pretty damn good...
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Old 07-08-2004, 11:51 PM   #19
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plus if other cycling races r anywhere near as long as the tour de france(close to a month long), I can understand why he'd devote most of his energies to the TdF. it is a good point but no one can fault him for training and devoting his energies to a race that is run over a period of a month while choosing not to race in other events.
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