The reason Armstrong has become the world’s most indomitable cyclist and America’s greatest athlete is two-pronged: He has both the physiology and the passion for his chosen vocation. Still, what truly distances Lance from the (pack) isn’t just the pleasure he gleans from being on his bike. All the lads love cycling – and certainly the celebrity it buys them. What they don’t share is his love for suffering… The more Lance hurts (and) the more wasted he becomes, the happier he is.
– Rob Fernas