Apparently tired of jet-setting around and nailing whichever hot young Hollyood tail is presented to him (like Jake Gyllenhaal or Matthew McConaughey), Lance Armstrong will return to cycling for the 2009 Tour de France. He will be 37.
But the man left the sport after beating cancer and then winning seven straight Tours without ever getting busted for doping — despite rumors to the contrary. It was the perfect ending. Why would he return now? (Don’t say revenge don’t say revenge don’t say revenge…)
Armstrong told Vanity Fair that “revenge” against those who think he used performance-enhancing drugs is part of his motivation.
Don’t get me wrong, I think revenge is absolutely the best reason to do anything, but he’s placed himself in a situation where anything less than a victory is a complete failure. That kind of pressure is partly why my parents and I no longer speak. Although why they wanted me to win the Tour de France, I have no idea.