I drove under this tour graphitti today on the way to Morzine. Optimism is a beautiful thing. But after three crashes, one of them a serious hip shot, Armstrong was done and done. Podium gone and riding his bike to the next stage: the tour de goodbye.
I hope Lance shifts gears and goes out the way he should and the way he likes — in first place. First in the hearts of so many cycling fans and anyone who was inspired by all his accomplishments and great moments in an amazing run of seven victories.
His longtime coach Chris Carmichael called it a “turning point.” Yes, it’s a change of direction and with all the bad news and allegations Armstrong has endured of late, a turning point might be the best thing.
Here’s to Mr. Armstrong basking in the glory of a long joyride thru France. The pace will be a bit slower but he’ll have a chance to listen to a different kind of cheers. A joyous and heartfelt goodbye. Soak it all up, Mellow Johnny.
(Note: to see all my photos from the tour click the FLickr gallery at the bottom or click here.)