Orny (ornoth) wrote in roadies,
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Afterlance

Okay, I’ve about had enough of people bemoaning the state of American cycling. Yeah, we’ve lost ole Lancey-pants and Iron Tyler of the Vanishing Twin, but are these people myopic?

Let’s have a quick review:

  • Bobby Julich
  • Floyd Landis
  • George Hincapie
  • Levi Leipheimer
  • Tom Danielson
  • David Zabriskie
  • Chris Horner
  • Freddy Rodriguez
  • Jason McCartney
  • Tim Johnson

These guys aren’t just collecting a paycheck for domestique duty in support of European stars; they’re protagonists in their own rights, attacking, winning races, and leading top pro teams.

How many wins and podium places will it take to re-educate those people who wondered what we were gonna do when Lance retired?

I say: stop fantasizing about a lack of strong American riders, because there are so many Americans doing great things in the European peleton that it’s difficult to choose which one(s) to root for! Has American cycling ever fielded a group this strong?

In all honesty, I’m really looking forward to this year’s grand tours.

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