Can Lance win an unfathomable 7th Tour this July? That is the question that everyone is asking, and waiting to see. Lance has only raced 5 days so far this year, but in all the reports I've read at The Paceline, CyclingNews.com, and other places on the net, his fitness is exactly where it needs to be at this time during the season. Sure he had to drop out of Paris-Nice a week and a half ago, but he was sick and had just gotten to Europe two days before the start...you try racing after just getting to Europe!
Yesterday Lance and several others from Discovery, raced in the Paris-Camembert day long race. Lance never plans on winning races like these, but uses them to help work on his fitness and training to be ready come July. Lance and the Blue Train (I guess you can still call them that since the new Discovery kits are still blue) were at the front of the peleton all day, in a great show of force, letting the other teams know that they do intend on winning several "Classics" this Spring. But as Lance has often done in the past when the race reaches the final climb or final sprint, he sat up, and let some other, lesser known riders, get the win. A great show of sportsmanship, and very smart since he doesn't want to be involved in a crash, right at the end.
Lance was the strongest man in this race, by far, but his focus is only on Le Tour. The boys will be racing again, starting this Sunday at the Tour of Flanders. Don't look for Lance to win, but watch as he works to help George Hincapie or Stijn Devolder win this Belgian classic!
Can he win #7? I think so.