Lance laments "disgusting" German fans

Lance Armstrong was delighted to win the Alpe TT, but not quite so happy with the response he got fr

Lance Armstrong was delighted to win the Alpe TT, but not quite so happy with the response he got fr
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Lance Armstrong slammed the "disgusting" comments from German supporters at the side of the road on Wednesday's time trial stage up Alpe d'Huez, but the stage winner praised a number of supporters of other nationalities, and spoke once more of his love for France. The thousands of spectators lining the route up the climb did, Armstrong admitted, scare him. "Let's say that it wasn't my idea to stage a time trial on Alpe d'Huez," Armstrong said. "But it's over now, so it's OK. "Some of the German fans were disgusting," Armstrong continued. "But that's life, I suppose. There was lots of great support, however, from all of the American, Belgian and Dutch fans. There was never a moment when anyone in the crowd was more aggressive than I've ever seen. The finish at Plateau de Beille was scarier than today." On catching, and passing second-placed overall Ivan Basso (CSC), who had started the time trial two minutes ahead, the Texan revealed: "I didn't know I was in such good form to catch him, but a spectator was shouting at me that I had made up a minute at one point. I shouted back that I didn't believe him." French fans were also able to claim some affinity with the man who is surely now going to win his sixth Tour de France in a row. "I have an interesting relationship with France, because it's made my career as a cyclist everything that it is. This event has made my career a very special one. If somebody asks me what my favourite country is besides Texas. I mean, America," Armstrong joked, "I say France. And I don't say that to the press, I say it to people - and I mean it. "It's a country that has a lot of beauty and a lot of history, and a lot of intelligence. I've come to love the country. I've lived in it, and have an interesting relationship with most of the people, though at times you might not see that," Armstrong said. "It has been a learning experience, but the thing I've learned most is to love the place: learn the culture and love the culture, and respect the French people and their views on life."
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