|Lance out||paul j.|
Sep 9, 2001 11:25 AM
|re: Lance out||Largo|
Sep 9, 2001 11:54 AM
|I hope there is a good reason for him abandoning, because just pulling out like that looks poor.
I mean, why make the commitment to attend a race that is trying to gain prestige, and then abandon?
Hopefully it is not his ego having him pull the plug instead of placing poorly, although i doubt that this is the case.
I would have thought that he would have put in a strong supporting effort for Hincapie.
Sep 9, 2001 12:10 PM
|To say the least. All the folks who turned out in SF to see LA do some damage. I think after the Tour, his training just wasn't there, and his goals for the season were already met. Maybe he figured better off to do what he can in one day in SF than to suffer 3 weeks in La Vuelta. After July, the rest of his season is a victory lap, while guys like Zabel, and Casagrande keep on racing. Hope Hincapie or Wherry can win it.|
|just a promo appearance||Tig|
Sep 9, 2001 1:50 PM
|But still disappointing all the same. Sure, it's no secret that Lance races for July only. That is fine for his sponsers. I can almost understand it. He becomes a super-edged weapon for a single purpose. He even says the day he can't win Le Tour will be the day he quits professional cycling. Still, he will never match Mercx and other greats in the eyes of the cycling world if he is a one trick pony, no matter how many Tours he wins (unless it's 6!). This year's Swiss tour win was almost an accident. He was using the race to train and gain form, and it worked quicker than expected! I'm not trying to take anything away from Lance. Hell, no. I'm just dissapointed that he doesn't race a full season like his competitors. I still love what he does for cycling, cancer patients, and Texas!|
|His season begins...||wayne|
Sep 9, 2001 2:22 PM
|and ends is July. He is a one-trick pony (Amstel Gold and the olympics excepted), and that's one of the reasons I find myself not being a big fan. I almost feel like I'm being cheated, there's this huge talent that you get to see for only a couple of races a year, much like Indurain. But from an economic and sponsership perspective it makes all the sense in the world, not to mention he knows he has an extemely high chance of winning the TdF. Why mess with the formula? All the same I'd like to see him race more and add some other prominent races to his palmares, but I doubt it will happen. He lasted twice as long today as I thought he would and actually made the early selection.|
|His season begins...||yeah right|
Sep 9, 2001 8:01 PM
|well, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but it wasn't like he didn't ride a good race. In classics, some of the best riders don't even finish, especially if the team's plan wasn't for him. I think GH is also deserving of having the USPS team work for him for a change (seeing also as people like to gripe for lance not "returning favors"). If American cycling is going to grow beyond the single talent of the day, you need more than one champion at a time. .02$|
|Hard to remember cycling is a team sport||Chris Zeller|
Sep 10, 2001 6:33 AM
|But it really is. Personally I like the TT style better because I think that cycling should be an individual sport. But it's not and don't forget the rest of the team that put Lance on the podium. They are all great. This race just proves it and thanks to Lance for pulling for the team.
I would like to see him pulling more often outside the TDF. But why all this Lance bashing on this board? I guess as cyclists we are all pretty independant minded and aren't used to having popularized heroes to look to. But wake up--the fact that US cycling is having its day in the sun is a good thing.
|Hard to remember cycling is a team sport||Jon Billheimer|
Sep 10, 2001 8:59 AM
|Good point! I worry, though, that all's not well with LA. I hope it's just overtraining! BTW, if Postal |
ever gets the right guys together for a Classics team, Hincapie is going to be a real force to be
|Here's the AP article||Tig|
Sep 10, 2001 5:09 AM
|Looks like Lance accomplished the team's goal, so he did fine. Stomach problems are not easy to race with.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong had stomach problems Sunday and had to drop out of the inaugural San Francisco Grand Prix, his first cycling race on home soil in three years.
San Francisco's hilly streets created problems for the 29-year-old U.S. Postal Team member, who bailed out of the one-day race on the 80th mile of the 127-mile course.
But before dropping out, Armstrong's surge with a chase group helped U.S. Postal teammate George Hincapie to the front group and he went on win the race in 5 hours, 20 minutes and 42 seconds in front of nearly 350,000 spectators.
``I'm still not 100 percent,'' said Armstrong, who cited fatigue for his exit from the Zurich World Cup in Switzerland after 25 miles on Aug. 26. ``I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish the Grand Prix, but I feel we did our job in getting our leader, George, into the front group in a good position to win.''
Armstrong's climb with six chasers up famed Fillmore Street, one of San Francisco's steepest hills that has an 18 percent grade and a peak of 241.8 feet, let Hincapie catch a five-man leader group near the 85th mile.
And for the remaining 40 miles, Hincapie battled Trent Klasna and Michael Barry of the Saturn Cycling Team, which dominated the first half of the race.
Hincapie, a five-time Tour de France participant, churned past Barry and Klasna midway through the last lap of a five-mile circuit course by attacking on Taylor Street, a steep hill that peaks at a 16 percent grade and is less than a half-mile long.
``I knew I had to give it my all on Taylor because I knew if I didn't the Saturn team would have taken over coming down the hill,'' said the 27-year-old Hincapie, who won $10,000. ``And it definitely felt really good coming down that hill.''
Hincapie built a comfortable 10-second lead and cruised to the finish line ahead of Barry and Klasna, who finished second and third, respectively.