Back in the early 2000s, the Tour de France became a sport which many sports fans watched. The impact that Lance Armstrong had on the sport was right up there with the best. However, things went south as the talented cyclist failed a doping test, which led to his downfall. With all the cameras panned on him, he appeared on Oprah to open up on his troubles. With all his seven Tour de France stripped off, he has nothing to show out apart from many memorable moments.
Moreover, he attends talk shows and interviews these days as revealed his favorite F1 driver and Tennis player.
Lance Armstrong reveals the two GOATs
During a podcast, Armstrong was asked to comment on the greatest athletes in Tennis and Formula One. He revealed Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and Britain’s Lewis Hamilton.
“Djokovic is the number one player, well yeah duh! Lewis Hamilton is the number one driver in F1 because he has most points and wins. No s***. We had that in cycling, we don’t have that anymore,” said Armstrong.
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses as he celebrates with the trophy for his 2021 world number one ranking after winning his group stage match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
Even though Armstrong attained the status of greatest back in the early 2000s, the doping scandal damaged his reputation as the GOAT of cycling. Likewise, he revealed how the sport did not have a major name like him right now. With no major superstars breaking out of cycling, Armstrong may be right. But, is he right about Djokovic and Sir Lewis?
Are Djokovic and Hamilton the greatest of all time?
Making a case for them to be the greatest is actually a straightforward task. Although both these players share a similar personality, they don’t have a fan-following like their counterparts. But their record speaks for themselves.
Djokovic won 20 Grandslam titles while being the current number one in the world. With a record of nine Australian Open titles, he is equaled with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles won in tennis. What stands him apart would be the head-to-head record against both these players. He leads both Federer (27-23) and Nadal (30-28) with that record. Hence, as fans consider those players to be the GOATs; with tennis, being an individual sport, it makes sense.
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s case seems concrete. Although doubts regarding his driving skills always exist because of the car that Mercedes put forward, he is an incredible champion. Winning seven F1 titles is a testament to his hard work and passion. Likewise, he is the first person to reach triple-digits for most wins in F1 history with 102. Significantly, he also leads for most points (4121.5), most consecutive point finishes (48), most podium finishes (180) as the list goes on. Many consider Michael Schumacher to be the GOAT but Hamilton has a case!
Thus, Lance Armstrong has a point. With the dominance being shown by the aforementioned athletes in their sport, Hamilton and Djokovic might have a case to be the GOATs of their respective sport.
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