Lance Armstrong’s Texas Unilateralism
Lance Armstrong rode into history Sunday, winning a record sixth Tour de France and cementing his place as one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Never in its 101-year history has the Tour had a winner like Armstrong — who just eight years ago was given less than a 50 percent chance of overcoming testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain. His streak of six straight crowns has helped reinvigorate the greatest race in cycling, steering it into the 21st century. And the Tour, as much a part of French summers as languid meals over chilled rose, molded Armstrong into a sporting superstar.
It never really occured to me until a tangential comment in Steven Taylor‘s comment section, but this has to really gall the French. Not only does an American come over and whip them in their own race year after year–without so much as approval from the UN–but, to add insult to injury, it’s an American from Texas. No wonder they hate us.