Is Lance Armstrong a space alien, or just boring?

Don't tell me you haven't wondered the same thing. He has six straight Tour de France victories under his belt; he bounced back like superman after having testicular cancer; he has a rockstar girlfriend (Sheryl Crow) --and all this at the old-man-of-cycling age of 33.

Tomorrow, Armstrong (oh, and the rest of his team) will begin his bid for a seventh Tour de France win. Then he's going to retire. But he says that seven "doesn't hold the cachet that six did." The sixth win was the one that really mattered. This year, it'll just be icing on the cake.

If Lance doesn't find the prospect of winning again a big deal, the folks on the sidelines are even less excited. By all accounts, Armstrong's dominance of the world's most grueling bicycle race (2,240 miles in three weeks) is becoming -- passe. Last year, L'Equipe's Jean-Pierre Bidet said spectators crave "a close race, suspense, and upsets. For several years now, we've been bored."

The race is boring, the number seven is boring; it's all so...oh, I can't stand the ennui any longer. Lance Armstrong -- again?!? Sacre-bleu.

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