In the United States the human interest story of Lance Armstrong earned the cyclist a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans (including Matthew McConaughey), lots of cash and maybe even an Olsen twin.
In France, however, Lance remains an unpopular figure. In an interview with French sports newspaper L’EQUIPE, Jean-Etienne Amaury the new head of the Tour de France’s organizer said the seven-time winner of the Tour an “embarrassed” cycling’s most famous race.
The 32 year-old Amaury who took over the organization that his father founded told the paper, “We can’t say that he has not embarrassed the Tour de France, as he has had a quite a complicated history with it.“
Amaury and his double-negative speaking French ass in actually right though. If you lost to a guy with Cancer seven times in a row you’d be embarrassed too. My guess is that’s not the kind of embarrassment Amaury was talking about though.
Armstrong announced last month that he is coming out of retirement for the upcoming Tour. Guess he ran out of famous chicks to bang, during his time away from racing. Even with his layoff, you can’t not call him a possible favorite to win his eighth yellow jacket.