Well, mhendo, I’m a casual fan myself. Yet, I (and anyone else who listens half-heartedly) hear the announcers regularly giving credit to the teams in the Tour de France. One would have to be oblivious to watch a TdF and think that a cyclist wins such an event all on his own.
Ullrich has a team. Basso has a team. Rassmussen has a team. How many TdF’s have they won in total. One?
Lance Armstrong won 7 times, despite the fact that everyone in the cycling world was gunning for him, to say nothing of the cancer that almost killed him.
I respect that man at least as much as the French hate him. I do not begrudge any of his accomplishments. Quite to the contrary, in fact.
And I fail to see anything irrational about it.