The current lead story over at Velo News is that Lance Armstrong finds the 2009 Tour de Frace route, which was unveiled today, "interesting."
That's the hottest story in cycling at this moment. Seriously.
When Lance announced that he was coming back I didn't have strong feelings about it one way or the ohter. I guess you could say that I found it "interesting." I didn't buy his claim that he was doing it to bring more awareness to his fight against cancer because Lance doesn't need cycling to do that; he's bigger than cycling. It was pretty obvious to me that, after a few years off the bike, he found that he really missed competing and winning. It's a big part of who he is and without it, there was a void. That's a perfectly respectable reason to come back to the sport and I wish him all the best. He's a joy to watch and it will make for great racing from everyone in the sport.
I even thought that it would be good for the sport because where Lance goes, interest follows, and the more people who get interested in cycling, the better. More interest means more sponsors, which means more money, which means more cycling. Yay.
However, now I'm starting to wonder if Lance is actually too big for cycling. Like I said earlier, he's bigger than the sport now and since his return, his stardom has begun to eclipse everything else, and everyone else, in the sport.
He, like anyone else, deserves a place in the peloton, but I'm starting to rethink my earlier idea that Lance's comeback will be good for cycling. I'm starting to think that now, instead of Lance Armstrong coming back to cycling, cycling is instead just going to become Lance Armstrong.