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“200 Guys and They Are All in the Best Shape”: Fear Creeps Up When You’re Standing at the Peloton, Once Confessed Top Tier Cycling Icon

Published 12/15/2022, 1:45 PM EST

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Floyd Landis, who is considered to be one of the top-tier cyclists, once shared in an interview how scared he was when he participated in the Tour de France for the first time. Landis gave insights into his feelings back then and it’s really interesting.

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Floyd Landis is a cyclist who won the 2006 Tour de France. He is known for his special cycling skills like climbing, time-trialing, and descending.


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Floyd Landis was very scared at Tour de France

The cycling icon once shared in an interview how scared he was when he first entered the coveted Tour de France competition. Describing the scenario, he said, “200 guys and they are all in the best shape.” He shared that there were around 200 riders around him who were in their best fitness form and he had to compete with them. 

Moving on, Landis even shared how it was complete chaos at the event, especially feeling so since it was his first time. Talking about his experience, he said, “just chaos and I wasn’t quite prepared for it.” He was clearly overwhelmed by the surrounding environment which was extremely chaotic.


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Landis was with his teammates, which includes the cycling legend Lance Armstrong as well. However, all the attention and the general environment there were too overwhelming for Landis.


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Landis had a tough time training

At an early age, when Landis first started training, he had a tough time as his father was against him going into cycling. His father thought that cycling was a useless endeavor. He gave Landis additional work in an effort to keep him away from cycling. Due to this, Landis had to sneak out of home at odd hours, sometimes even at 1 or 2 am, and in freezing cold in order to train without any interruption. All this surprisingly changed later on and his father become his strong supporter.


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It was interesting to get an insight into Floyd Landis’ experience in his first-ever Tour de France. He shared how scared he was due to the overwhelming environment and unexpected chaos. It would be fun to know more such incidents faced by the legend.

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Written by:

Yash Joglekar


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Yash Joglekar is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. He has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Pune. Being an avid reader, he has expertise in American English and has been helping US university students with their academic essays for close to 4 years now.
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Pritam Priyedarshi