Sometimes you are the Rusty Old Hammer, Sometimes you are the Nail

I was pulling for the Rusty Old Hammer to win the Tour de France one last time for sentimental reasons. But not the sentimental reasons one would think.


In 2003 my Mother was dieing of cancer, everyone knew it except her. She insisted on going to the beach for the annual family vacation. She was weak, and only made it out of the hotel for short periods of time. I spent a lot of time indoors that year, and got hooked on watching the Tour de France. Lance won his fifth title, and two weeks later my Mother lost her race.


I watch the Tour every year now as much as I can.


This photo is inspired by Lance's quote when he lost time after a flat tire during stage 3.


"Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail. Today I was the nail,’ Lance Armstrong said Tuesday. “I have 20 days now to be the hammer."


Just to clarify, I don't think Lance is out of contention for the Tour because of his age, but rather bad luck. In winning his 7 tours he had to ride approximately 16,000 miles almost flawlessly. This year, 3 crashes in one day! Just in case he reads this,I didn't want Lance to think I called him a "Rusty Old Hammer." It just made for a better title.

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Taken on July 12, 2010