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The Posties at Vuelta(10 posts)

The Posties at VueltaJon
Sep 19, 2001 9:07 AM
Anybody notice? USPS had a great day on the mountain stage today. Heras, I think, was fourth. But
most interestingly, Postal has jumped to 2nd in the team standing. Leipheimer, Heras, and Rubiera
are right in there! Tomorrow's mountain time trial will be interesting, to say the least. And this team
result really bodes well for next year's TdF.
I've been watching most of the action each night on OLN...Cima
Sep 19, 2001 9:30 AM
This has been a great Vuelta, mostly because so many riders are still in contention after some very difficult, fast racing. The Posties were expected to ride well, but we all have to admire how well Levi L. is performing. 5th place in the G.C. is excellent, and he is still working for Heras, who seemed to have a great day today (I have not seen the highlights yet).

Enjoy the action!!

One question: Whither Bobke?!? (nm)RhodyRider
Sep 19, 2001 12:13 PM
One question: Whither Bobke?!? (nm)cyclequip
Sep 20, 2001 3:07 AM
Last heard of (by me) at le Grande Boucle:
Good motivation on the trainerazdave
Sep 19, 2001 10:36 AM
I have been watching the Vuelta live in the morning while riding my trainer, and it's been enjoyable watching Heras, Levi, and Rubiera. I must say that I am a little disappointed that Heras hasn't pushed anything yet. It seems like iBanesto and Kelme are the teams attacking, and Heras won't be able to win unless he puts on an attack or two of his own. Anyway, I am always more interested in watching climbing stages, so this Vuelta hasn't let me down. I find the ability to drop people on climbs more impressive than being able to out sprint the field for a couple seconds at the end of a stage.
Riding the trainer already? Where do you live, Antarctica:)?Largo
Sep 20, 2001 4:58 AM
God, i am not looking forward to the day the trainer comes out.
On the attackmr_spin
Sep 19, 2001 10:49 AM
I can't remember anyone other than Lance attacking at the Tour. It was a good defensive strategy, considering how no one could really ride at his level.

But in Spain, it's much different. Heras is not even necessarily the favorite to win. And already we've seen Leipheimer and Rubiera going off the front a few times. It's been a pretty good race so far. Unbelievably fast.

Leipheimer is well positioned to replace Tyler Hamilton on the Tour squad. He's a very impressive rider. They sure seemed to groom him perfectly this season. It looks like Heras is getting stronger every day, no doubt partly because his two lieutenants always seem to be nearby.

Remember all that bitching about Lance not riding the Vuelta? I'm not sure what more he could have contributed. USPS has a very good squad.
Re:On the attackKurt H
Sep 19, 2001 10:58 AM
I think you make a very important point, Mr_Spin. Hopefully this Vuelta, along with Hincapie's classic win, will show that the "one hit wonder" USPS squad can become more of a force in the European circuit outside of the Tour. Let's hope USPS continues this trend of broader success!
Go Postalazdave
Sep 19, 2001 11:07 AM
Yeah, it would be nice to have an American team to root for in some of the other major races. It was disappointing to lose Hamilton, but Rubiera, Heras, and Levi have really stepped up. I just feel bad watching Hincapie fighting for wins in the early classics with no help from his team. Hopefully Levi will be able to help on some of the flat races next year like Paris-Nice.
Go PostalJon
Sep 19, 2001 12:31 PM
The Mailmen still need to sign some hammers for the classics. Younger versions of Ekimov, who
can power through the mud and the pave.