Armstrong’s best maybe yet to come

Can Lance dance in the Pyrénées?

Armstrong caught in Stage 8 pile-up.

We’ve hardly heard a peep from Lance Armstrong since his crash six days ago in the Tour de France. Maybe that’s a good thing.

For the past week, Armstrong has been riding mid-field, but sometimes he soft-pedals at the back of the pack. He’s been taking it relatively easy– well, as easy as a rider can race for five or six hours a day in the Tour– and finishing several minutes behind the top contenders. Maybe this strategy will help him recover from wounds suffered during the first week of the race.

On Sunday, the Tour enters the Pyrénées mountains. Will Armstrong have what it takes to win a stage there?

Armstrong crashes in of Tour of California.

Armstrong suffered multiple injuries this year. In May, he crashed in the Amgen Tour of California and had to drop out. Let’s face it: Falling comes with the territory. But at nearly 39-years-old, married, with kids, sponsor commitments, foundation responsibilities, doping accusations and all the other stuff that clutters his life– can Armstrong pull off what is possible by only a few tough men– a Tour de France stage win? We’re no longer talking about the yellow jersey, but a consolation prize. And what if he doesn’t do it? Will he still get offers to be on the Leno show? What will the new Armstrong be like when the Tour and his cycling career are over?

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