Saturday, December 18, 2010

Quote of the week

This is a quote from Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong's Team Radio Schack's Director.

"Strength and weakness live together, inside each of us, and we are fools if we do not see both when we look at someone else". 

This quote is in reference to the 2001 Tour de France when Lance was faking his weakness during one of the first mountain stages.  Bluff when you are weak - and when you are strong.  Lance faked his suffering so that Jan Ulrich's team would drive the peloton through most of the stage and hills before finally reaching the final climb (the infamous Alpe d'Huez).  While Ulrich and his team began to fatigue, Lance bolted form the back of the lead group and straight past all the leaders, including Ulrich and the race leader who was nearly 7 minutes ahead up the mountain.  It is one if the most famous "bluff" moves in cycling and one that will not be able to be repeated again.  With the masterful mind of Bruyneel and the brute strength of Armstrong, it worked to perfection and launched Lance in to an even larger margin of over his nearest competitors. 

If you would like to read more about the mastermind behind the winningest Tour Director, read "We Might as Well Win" .

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