birthday, and it was great to see two 38 year old men and the only rider older than them in the Tour de France off the front. Christophe Moreau, Lance Armstrong and Chris Horner led the charge up some of the hardest mountain passes in the Pyrenees, and battled for a stage win, which in the end eluded them. Nevertheless, it was a good day for all aging cyclists, if for no other reason than to serve as a Air Max 90 Gray And White
Cycling Strong Into Old Age Tour de France
Not too long ago, sports scientists, coaches, and athletes all believed that athletic performance dropped precipitously once an athlete reached his or her mid 30s. It just made sense: how many great champions do you see who were older than 35 years old? And for a long time, I don't think people gave it much more thought. They just accepted that going slower was a price of growing older. In more recent years, though, we've seen more and more examples of endurance athletes achieving championship performances into their late 30s and even early 40s. In amateur competitions, we're seeing a dramatic improvement in performances from athletes 40, 50, and even 60 years old!.
But of all the old guys in the Tour de France, Armstrong is the one that gets the most attention. The 2010 Tour has not gone as planned, and although he came Nike Air Max 90 Essential Pink into the Tour with very good form, it wasn't enough to overcome or avoid a series of crashes and flat tires. But Lance is a competitor and he loves the Tour de France, so he kept looking for opportunities to win a stage and found one on Stage 16. "Found" is probably the wrong word, because all of the men who reached the finish line as part of today's breakaway group earned their way into that break and worked very hard to stay there. In the end, Armstrong didn't have the legs to win the sprint for the stage victory and neither did Horner or Moreau but I think that had more to do with the strength of Pierrick Fedrigo and less to do with the advanced ages of Armstrong, Horner, and Moreau.
One of the other old men in today's breakaway was Team Radioshack's Horner. At 38 years old he seems to have the energy of a man 10 years younger. Horner's been a pro for a long time, but he's not as well known to a lot of European fans because he spent a good portion of his career racing as a pro in the US. For American cycling fans, though, he's a huge favorite, in part because so many US fans and racers got to know him as he competed in and won races all over the country. He's been riding very consistently during the Tour de France this year and supporting Levi Leipheimer, and as a result of today's breakaway Horner moved up to 14th overall to become the second highest placed RadioShack rider, about three and a half minutes behind Leipheimer.
first, he moved all the way up to second in the King of the Mountains standings. There's only one day left containing climbs that count in that competition, meaning that one more strong performance on Thursday and a 39 year old rider could win the polka dot jersey.
Perhaps the most remarkable performance was that of Moreau. He's the oldest rider in the 2010 Tour de France at 39 years old, and he's competing in his 15th Tour. It's likely his last year at the race, but all that experience has enabled him to stay reasonably close in the race for the King of the Mountains competition. By riding himself into today's breakaway and crossing the summits of the Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque Air Max 90 Anniversary Black Croc
Stage 16 was a good day for old guys. I'm an old guy now, nearing my 50th Air Max 90 Qs
reminder that age is not nearly as detrimental to performance for endurance athletes as we once believed.
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