BVC-CHAT Eddy and the Americans
lkennedy at cvm.tamu.edu
Thu Jun 16 15:56:14 CDT 2005
So what is he trying to say about Americans? That we're fat and
complacent and party too much???
Eddy 'believes' in LA
Cycling legend Eddy Merckx says only an accident will keep Lance
Armstrong from winning a seventh Tour crown.
"I don't see anyone beating him. Except for an accident, I sure he will
win again," Merckx told the Belgian press ahead of his 60th birthday
Friday. "I rode with him recently and he's very motivated by the idea
of winning a seventh Tour."
Merckx said it was cancer that transformed Armstrong into the best Tour
rider of his generation. Without it, Merckx said Armstrong might not
have ever won a Tour, let alone a record six.
"With his sickness, he lost weight which helped in the mountains. Since
then, he's lived 200 percent for cycling, but he wasn't like that
before his illness," he said. "I remember before the world's in Oslo
that he won, I had seen him with his mother drinking a beer. Before, he
was an athlete who lived like an American. After that, he became
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