Lance Armstrong Not the ‘Big Hot Favourite’


Lance Armstrong has been training lately in Hawaii, a convenient halfway spot before he heads for Australia this weekend.

On January 18, he’ll make his return to televised cycling competition with the one-day prequel to the Tour Down Under, as we reported earlier.

And what do his antipodean rivals think of Lance’s chances?

Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady, a two-time Tour Down Under winner, tells the Sydney Morning Herald that he’ll be trying to win a third title, and one competitor he won’t be worried about is Armstrong.

“I won’t be concentrating on him. He’s not going to be the big hot favourite for the race,” O’Grady said.

Well, sure. This is only a tune-up for Lance, and one that’s much earlier in the year than he’s used to. But the prospect of spreading his cancer-fighting message to a sports-obsessed, English-speaking continent like Australia wasn’t something he could pass up, apparently.

Meanwhile, what inquiring minds really want to know is not how well Lance will do in a stage race in Adelaide, but how he managed to impregnate his latest girlfriend, Anna Hansen, after his cancer treatments were supposed to make that impossible.

The Daily Beast knows that’s the question on our minds, but does their interviewer even ask it?

This morning, Tina Brown’s Internet rag boasted that it had the first interview with Armstrong after the announcement of Hansen’s pregnancy. But what followed was mostly fluff, with hard-hitting questions like “You are such an inspiration to so many people. Who inspires you?” coming out of interviewer Mark McKinnon.

Of course, that might have something to do with McKinnon being a board member of Armstrong’s foundation.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 5, 2009

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