He was a childhood hero of mine: an amazing athlete, yet humble and approachable.
He was (and is) a very human hero, just as capable of failure as he is of excellence.
He was not a bully, treated everyone with respect, and dealt with his own shortcomings in a very human way: by accepting them.
He never resorted to drugs to enhance of prolong his career, just accepted that at that moment on that mountain, his time had come.
As an elite athlete, he also knew that you could not maintain the output of massive wattage for extended periods. It was just not physically possible.
He lost his bike brand and a large part of his credibility, yet he never compromised.
Boring, it may have been, but this year's tour was a very human one.
It would be interesting to see how different the output of wattage would compare, say, to the 2002 tour.
So for my part: Sorry, Greg, I should have believed you.
Edited by Chro Mo, 25 July 2012 - 09:21 .