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While Lance Armstrong was winning 7 Tours de France and taking over the world of American cycling, I always wondered why he didn’t have the the world champion stripes on his sleeves like everybody else who has won that prestigious event.  You see, if you win the world championship in cycling, the next year you get to wear a special jersey with the world champion stripes on it.  Then as an extra bonus, you get the honor of wearing the stripes on your sleeves for the rest of your career.  Lance never seemed to do that.  I am not sure if it was some kind of “not living in the past” kinda thing or what, but I rarely if ever saw him “showing his stripes”.

That all changed this year with Radio Shack.  I noticed right away that Lance was wearing the stripes.  I still don’t know why, but he was.  Is it a coincidence that this year, with the stripes, he has the worst luck of his entire Tour de France career?  Are the stripes responsible for 7 years of bad luck coming down on him in 3 weeks?

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Here is the abridged version:

Jens Voigt is a bad mofo.  Everyone knows that he is a head banger, but the tempo he set on the Tourmalet was sick.  Voigt single handedly destroyed the peloton on the Tourmalet, and then took over again on Hautacam.  Let’s not forget that Fabian Cancellara was setting a pretty nice tempo in the breakaway group as well.  And then sat up to lead (time trial) the small group across the valley floor.  What is with these “big guys” suddenly being able to climb?  CSC-Saxo was great today, although Sastre was a bit of a disappointment.  Frank Schleck was solid though.

Columbia, while able to provide an awesome lead out for the sprint, has so far proved unable to control or even keep up on the mountain stages.  Hopefully Cavendish’s crash wasn’t too serious today.

Saunier-Duval is stacked with climbers.  What else can you say?  They will undoubtedly win more stages this tour.  Ricco never looked like he was at his limit today.

Caisse d’Epargne is definitely one of the stronger teams, however Valverde exploded today.

Vandevelde continues to look solid.  It would be great to see some teammates keeping up with him a bit longer.

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Here is a picture taken by Heidi Swift at the Cascade Classic Saturday.  Apparently Chris Horner (one of my personal favorites) came across Billy Demong, whos bike was apparently broken in some way, about two kilometers from the summit of Stage 5.  Not having the kind of support the Tour de France offers, Horner decides to give the guy a ride to the finish.  Horner finished 82nd, with Demong a close 83rd.

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