Re: [CR]Merckx ... Armstrong

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Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 20:45:45 -0400
From: "Edward Albert" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Merckx ... Armstrong
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Chuck said Baloooney....... and I know I am not supposed to say this but, I agree BALONEY Edward Albert Chappaqua, NY

Chuck Schmidt wrote:
>Bianca Pratorius wrote:
>>Merckx is similar to the time in which he rode. Yes it is true that
>>Armstrong has won more TDF, but at the expense of something very
>>important. I feel that Armstrong won by the miracle of corporate
>>control. Teamwork seems different now than before. Corporate
>>headquarters decides who is going to win, and the engines dutifully
>>block from behind while others carry Armstrong up to the front, being
>>careful that no team member accumulates as many points as dear Lance.
>>Technically Lance Beat Merckx's record, but who would you rather have
>>dinner with? Who's picture is on your office wall? Who inspires you?
>>The answer for me is Merckx because he won using a different set of
>>rules (unwritten). Merckx won so many more races because he in effect
>>was working for a living, having to win many different races to piece
>>together a winning athletic persona. Lance peaks just once a year, and
>>perhaps has done it in a way (modern pharmaceuticals) where he actually
>>appears to be older than his mother!!! Lance is an American, but
>>instead of pride, I feel shame... Shame for the kind of world that we
>>have created. Armstrong is a good representative of that world, but I
>>still prefer a time in bicycling history that reaches back to Merckx
>>and the way he looked, and the way his bikes looked, and the way I
>>looked at him when I was young.
>>Garth Libre in Miami Fl.
>Chuck Schmidt in South Pasadena CA.