Originally posted by TheSixthRing:
Father time? Or lack of juice?
6th - Lance turns 39 next month. That is old by cycling standards and he is one of the oldest riders in this year's Tour. Compare that to other serious podium contenders like Contador (28), Andy Schleck (25) and even Cadel Evans (33).
Look at the time lost from his flat tire on the cobbles with a supposed hip injury and the multiple crashes yesterday (one of which was his own fault when he rode into a curb) which appeared to be demoralizing. Reportedly he never suffered a flat tire during his 7 Tour victories. That in itself is amazing to me. Physically he wasn't in top shape coming into the Tour and he hasn't had good luck on his side either.
As for the juice argument, he has never tested positive despite being one of the most heavily doping control tested athletes. Although I'm sure the accusations by Landis and others will continue even when Lance has retired, he's still innocent until proven guilty. I'll leave it at that...