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Lance loses bike, wears @$$ out
Having your bike stolen is quite a big deal. It has happened to me a few times and I must say I was pretty upset.
As is well known now, the same thing has happened to Lance Armstrong and the only difference is that LA’s bike was worth a good $10,000.
Back to racing after 3 1/2 years after retirement, the seven-times Tour de France champion had his time-trial bike stolen from a team bus in San Francisco.
Why all the fuss, you might ask? The money is hardly an issue after all.
But can you imagine a tennis player’s rackets disappearing ? A snooker player breaking all his cues? A golfer losing his clubs? Ian Poulter was so bothered about having his driver stolen last year that he pulled out of a tournament and what happened to the Texan was probably more serious. As he said on Twitter, there is only one like it in the world…
Armstrong spent a lot of time in a wind tunnel last November to work on his position and lay grounds for the design of his time-trial bike.
Although he presumably has some other bikes in store, having to borrow a vital piece of equipment from a team mate must be quite disturbing, no matter how long you tinker with the saddle. After all, just read his latest twitter…
“Hitting the sack early tonight. 2 days in the pouring rain has worn my old @$$ out.”