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America, we have a new protagonist...(9 posts)

America, we have a new protagonist...k
Sep 15, 2001 1:13 PM
Leipheimer is in strong form and is upstaging Heras, so if you are the team manager what do you do? The Vuelta is up for grabs! I hope everyone is enjoying the action.
re: America, we have a new protagonist...Dave Hickey
Sep 15, 2001 1:49 PM
I saw him in the results. Who is he?
YEAH! :)JohnG
Sep 15, 2001 3:21 PM
Leipheimer has looked VERY strong and Heras has looked pretty weak so far (although, I haven't seen today's coverage yet).

If I was the director I'd switch horses NOW!

Go Leip'
GO LEVI, GO!!!!!peloton
Sep 15, 2001 8:18 PM
Levi is riding a great Vuelta. I hope he does as well in the next two time trials, and holds strong in the mountains.

I have heard that his order today was to go for the stage win. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds through the mountains.

I think that Postal has found the replacement for Mr. Hamilton within their own ranks. A guy who can time trial and climb. Welcome to the TDF next year, man.
Not Bad For a 2nd Tier Pro, Huh? (nm)Jon
Sep 15, 2001 8:29 PM
Yep, always was a good rider but never had the chanceJS
Sep 15, 2001 8:31 PM
to shine as he always rode for small domestic teams. Also check out this picture of his wife Odessa Gunn, she's an ex-womens road pro and write articles for cyclingnews. He's fast because he's in a hurry to get back to her. Wow!
Aha, my picture posted this time.JS
Sep 15, 2001 8:36 PM
re: America, we have a new protagonist...TC
Sep 17, 2001 5:52 AM
I'd hang with Heras for just a little longer, only because he has Grand Tour experience and can mete(sp) out his energy more consistently. Not to say that LL hasn't been quite impressive. Kind of reminds me of the '97 TDF with Riis and Ullrich. Once Heras looks like he has cracked then Bruyneel can give LL the green light to go.

With a Spanish climer or two, USPS can easily replace the lost riders. I'd like to see them get Botero, but I don't see him leaving his position with Kelme, unless he can have the same role with someone else.

I would think it would have to change a little...Wannabe
Sep 17, 2001 11:32 AM
LL was to be support along with the rest of the team for Heras. Now, until the muddy water clears a bit more, I would think that the whole team except for LL would ride for Heras and LL would be left to ride his own race. He's doing very well, but this is a GT after all. Can he hold up? No one knows because he's never been in such a situation. I for one am hoping he does VERY well! We need another American cyclist to root for over in Europe!

Andy - Wannabe