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Simoni chances at Le Tour(8 posts)

Simoni chances at Le TourST
Jun 11, 2001 9:53 AM
After watching the Giro, I was amazed by the performance of Simoni, especially in the TT. Everyone is talking about the rivalry between Jan and Lance. But here is a contender that could give both of them a run for their money, especially in the mountains? What do you all think?
re: Simoni chances at Le TourDINOSAUR
Jun 11, 2001 10:17 AM
A snow balls chance in hell, seeing that Armstrong trains and peaks just for TDF. I'm betting that Armstrong reals in his third victory. I didn't think that he would win last year but he proved me wrong. I think that Simoni will still be recoving from The Giro and won't be much of a threat. I could be wrong, but I looking foward to watching the tour on T.V. and hope that they don't have any drug problems, which destroyed the Giro this year...
re: Simoni chances at Le Tourzelig1
Jun 11, 2001 10:23 AM
I think it would be tough. Notwithstanding the last Giro/TDF double, Pantani in 1998 and in the last 15 years, Indurain and Roche, its a hard achievement. The effort expended in winning consecutive three week tours is quite high and given the length and quality of pro racing in the last 10 years, its probably too demanding of the rider and the makeup/depth of his team. His sponsor, Lampre Daikin, have had their primary goal for this season satisfied so the pressure and motivation (after the win) will not likely be high. Ullrich was riding the Giro for form and Lance is likewise taking a measured approach to the Tour as that is both the goal of those two riders and their sponsors.

I too find Simoni's performance in the TT to be amazing (and not in a negative way). His bike handling skills shouldn't be discounted on what was a fairly technical course which may not have favored the big rouleurs. His is a well deserved win although many will argue one that was not heavily contested, not through any fault of Simoni who rode with class.
Jun 11, 2001 4:19 PM
I agree that it'll be a long shot. Lance and Jan are going to be in WAY peak form. I think the Giro was probably really good for Jan's form. This ought to be a good battle.

Speaking of Simoni's class ride in the Giro, isn't it poetic justice that Frigo was a slimy little cheater and he still wasn't going to win! I love it. I wonder if he's flipping burgers at McDonald's now. I hope so. In retrospect, I think the Italian police knew exactly what they were looking for. IMO, they only raided everyone in case they didn't find anything. To save face and all.
Its a matter of formCima Coppi
Jun 11, 2001 10:24 AM
Simoni's chances at TdF will be based on if he can maintain his peak form for another 1.5 months. If so, and he can gains time in the mountains (note, there are not nearly as many mountain stages in TdF as the Giro), he won't loose as much time in the TT's to Armstrong and Ulrich. He may have a chance, but I think its a long shot. Another factor to consider is the potencial loss of time to Lampre in the Stage 5 TTT. All too often, the TTT weeds out potencial winners in the first week when minutes are lost between winning and loosing teams. We'll have to wait and see!!!
Its a matter of formAD14
Jun 11, 2001 10:43 AM
I think that the addition of Roberto Heras will help protect SIR LANCELOT where he looked exposed-in the mts. The guy can climb with the best. Barring accident or injury Lance will win again-if he didnt bonk in one stage last year he would have won by over 10 minutes.
Don't forget the othersSimpleGreen
Jun 11, 2001 4:27 PM
In addition to having Heras, there's Hamilton, Rubiera, and Pena--all good climbers. (Seems like USPS raided Kelme.) USPS is a good climbing team that should feature in the mountains.

The Team TT is big. I too think it is underrated as a stage where weak teams will lose big time along with their leader.
Don't forget the othersclimberted
Jun 11, 2001 5:01 PM
don't forget casagrande also. He was winng the Giro last year until the last time trial