The 2010 Tour de France seems to be the end for RadioShack’s Lance Armstrong. After crashing once, Armstrong lost thrice and was even forced off his bike after nine days into the Tour.
Armstrong finished 16th place on stage 7 and 14th overall. Armstrong’s teammate Chris Horner comments on the unpleasant turn of events that RadioShack has been experiencing after the Cat.1 climb from Morzine to Avoriaz.
“After Lance crashed I thought he was gonna come back on, but you can’t just recover from a crash like that at 60 or 70 K an hour … and then have to do a huge effort for 5Ks just to get back on right at the bottom of the (Ramaz) climb. I mean, he already was maxed out before he hit the bottom of the climb, and somewhere along the climb he bonked. I stayed with him, Jani (Brajkovic) stayed with him, and at the top of the second to last climb, the little one, he crashed again. Jani stayed with him, I kept going, and I just went as hard as I could from the bottom to the top.”
Armstrong is now 39th overall with Levi Leipheimer at 8th place, Andreas Kloden at 21st place and Horner at 23rd place. “This was just a bad day. It was difficult to recover from something like that,” said Armstrong.
At 115 km, a break ensued composed of Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank), Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma), Christophe Riblon (Ag2r), Benoit Vaugrenard (FDJ), Imanol Erviti (Caisse), Sebastien Minard (Cofidis) and Amael Moinard (Cofidis).
Quick Step takes the lead through the Col de Ramaz and the stage looks forward to two more sprints.