Eventhough his moment in the film Dodgeball was amusing, Lance Armstrong is not an actor. His story, though, will make great Hollywood fodder. Just take this year’s Tour de France. On the eve of America’s Independence Day, we look at Europe as the first day of this year’s annual bike race to end all bike races begins.
I’m rooting for Armstrong, not just because he’s from Austin and not just because he beat a thing called cancer, because he deserves to break the record he’s about to break. No one has ever won six consecutive Tours, and now Armstrong is poised to do just that. On the first day, he has taken off rather well for someone who began the race behind everyone else (which you must do as the returning champion). But look at how the drama of this year’s race plays like something Scott Rudin would option:
The Players We’ll Follow:
Lance Armstrong – 32 year-old, five-time Tour de France winner from America who manages to win a battle against all kinds of cancer before doing so.
Jan Ullrich – German who won the Tour in 1997, and has been runner-up five times. He’s looking to end that streak.
Tyler Hamilton – The underdog favorite. Another American, he was once a teammate of Lance Armstrong on earlier Tours.
Fabian Cancellara – Swiss rider who is noted for finishing the first day of the race in first place. Whether or not the kid stays in the picture over the next few weeks remains to be seen.
Sheryl Crow – American pop star and Armstrong’s girlfriend. She’s in Europe for moral support, and probably an impromptu gig or two.
The Terrain – The riders are off to a fairly easy start, but they’re about to face cobblestones, mountain trails, and a hope for good weather.
It’s gonna be a long and interesting few weeks ahead. And with players like the aforementioned, you can just see how – no matter which way this year’s race ends – the drama involved will make a great film one day.