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The Armstrong "Look" or a copy cat(4 posts)

The Armstrong "Look" or a copy catBigDaddySmooth
Aug 2, 2001 6:59 AM
Congrats to Armstrong on winning 3 in-a-row over my boy, Jan. All this publicity about the "look" Armstrong gave JU and the others reminds my of the move Bjarne Riis made back in the '96 Tour. You remember, he faded down through the pack and gave every rider a good hard "look" to see how they were suffering before he exploded to the front to take the mountain stage. This, IMHO, makes the '01 "look" pale in comparison and despite Phil Liggetts exuberance over the event, I read a copy cat.
Copy Cat???aceofdiamonds
Aug 2, 2001 7:10 AM
Armstrong put on a completely different play. He used TV coverage to trick the other riders into thinking he was cracking. When they tried to tempo away, he fired back and basically used the look to say "keep up if you can boys." There was none of this drifing through the pack, marking other riders one by one.

Anyways, who would want to pull a page out of Bjarne's playbook? He's lucky Big Mig was carrying a little extra weight and that Ullrich had to be his domestique. Bjanrne was no doubt strong but probably more lucky.
And...mr_spin
Aug 2, 2001 7:29 AM
Remember that Armstrong dropped out of the 1996 Tour with bronchitas, so it's doubtful that he saw what Riis did. Everyone should know the rest of the story by heart (3 months later, cancer...near death...survives...won Tour...won Tour...won Tour).

Too much is made of The Look anyway. People want to believe it was all about intimidation, but not me. I've seen it dozens of times now, and it still seems to me it was more an assessment of where everyone was after the attack, and how Ullrich looked.
re: And...but what do i know
Aug 2, 2001 9:09 AM
I have to agree with mr. spin. The "look" was more assessment than intimidation. As far as Riis move, I think he probably had more competiition to worry about and thus wanted to see how all the top riders were doing whereas Lance was mainly concerned about Jan.