Chris Boardman Interview
Ian speaks to Boardman about this year's Tour and the recent attempt on his one hour record.
Tour de France stage winner, Olympic champion, World champion and 1 hour world record holder. Chris Boardman spoke exclusively to Roadcycling.com about this year's tour and the recent attempt on his hour record.
Firstly; let's talk about this year's Tour. Armstrong has been looking vulnerable. Do you think he simply isn't the rider of the past four years or have others such as Ullrich and Vinokourov improved? Armstrong looks like he has to calculate his efforts all lot more than in previous years, such as in today's stage to Luz Ardiden.
It's impossible to be perfect every year, I would say a bit of both but he is certainly still 'driven' and has lost none of his focus.
Will Lance win number 5?
Probably...but it is by no means certain, making this the best race to watch for years.
From a fan's point of view, the race has been fantastic to watch; it's probably never been so close at this stage of the race since 1989. Do you ever wish you were back there?
Quite simply, NO it hurt, was dangerous and ate up ALL of your (and your families) time. It was good, I was content that I found everything there was to find, now I am doing other things.
Dave Millar certainly did the ride in the opening prologue but was unfortunate with his well-documented mechanical problems. Before the race started he said he was aiming for a stage this year and then going for the GC next year. Is the realistic for him or do you think he's found his level within the peloton?
Physically yes, Dave will win big races he has the intelligence and the ability but I doubt he will ever have the mental stability to be a big stage rider. This is not a criticism, merely an observation.
It's been an incredible ride by Tyler Hamilton so far with that double fracture of his collarbone. This must have impressed you?
Tyler is above all a nice bloke, which is the most important thing to me but may well stop him being the very best. On the other hand he will likely have a longer happier life as a result. He falls into the category of rider who really wants to win as apposed to needing to win, a subtle but critical difference when it comes to the crunch.
I am rather cynical when it comes to his collar bone; if it was properly broken, he wouldn't be there.
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The track shows the size of the basic engine, the mental attitude is a different thing.
When you finished racing, it was perceived that the peloton was riding at two levels. Do you think that is