Friday, December 11, 2009

On becoming il Campionissimo...

In doing research for a new book on the Tour de France I stumbled across this nugget and thought of Lance Armstrong at 39, who, if he could win the 2010 Tour, would eclipse a record by the great Gino Bartali by doing what no rider had done before or has accomplished since - win the Tour ten years after winning your first.

“Age and treachery

will overcome youth and skill.”
- Fausto Coppi

Bartali won that 1948 Tour not by a handful of seconds but by over 26 minutes from runner-up Briek Schotte.

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