Even me, who has been into cycling these past two years had to go look them up. Turns out, these guys are considered the “greats” of cycling. Don’t get me wrong, Armstrong won seven tours in a row…probably a feat that will go undefeated for our lifetimes. But how would he stack up against these guys? That is an answer this BBC article analyzes.
In his era, no man had an answer for his speed, determination and pedal-pushing power, but how would the Texan have got on alongside the Tour greats of yesteryear?
Two years ago, BBC Sport pitted Armstrong against the other five-time winners – Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain – in a virtual “Tour of Champions”.
Armstrong finished third to Merckx and Hinault then, but his legacy has grown since and, with his career over, now is the time for a re-run.
[Update 2013-01-18 06:58:05] Lance has admitted to doping.