Lance Armstrong is waving the white flag and surrendering. The cycling legend has simply given up hope that he can win an eighth Tour de France. Thankfully for him, Frenchmen didn’t have to be explained the ins and outs of the art of surrendering, saving Armstrong valuable time he’d otherwise have to spend behind the mic.
The 38-year-old finished the latest stage in 61st place and fell to 39th overall.
Said Armstrong: “My Tour is finished.”
Although he’s quitting, Armstrong is still going to ride his bike for what he promises is his last Tour de France.
“Obviously the Tour’s finished for me, but I can try and win stages, try and help the team, really try and appreciate my time here, and the fact that I’m not coming back.”
Since Armstrong has already once retired only to come back, I’m not sold that this is indeed his last Tour de France. If he’s not doing anything else around this time of year in 2011, why wouldn’t he give it another chance. Heck, Brett Favre has retired and unretired about five times after the age of 38.