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Ullrich is going to kick some ass in Lisbon!!!(10 posts)

Ullrich is going to kick some ass in Lisbon!!!Vortex
Oct 9, 2001 1:08 PM
Ullrich will be on fire in this Worlds, He is right now head and shoulders over any other cyclist in this planet, I believe that He is going to Lisbon very confident and motivated.
Oscar Freire (nm)mickey-mac
Oct 9, 2001 1:19 PM
My money is on Paolo Bettini.JS
Oct 9, 2001 2:06 PM
He is on storming form and tactically this guy is awesome, if he's there at the end don't bet against him, oh and he's got a better sprint than Ullrich.
The Italians always self destructmr_spin
Oct 9, 2001 2:38 PM
Ullrich will be there at the end, and he gets my nod. And even though I can't stand the guy, Virenque will probably be there, too. For the Italians, Rebellin has shown great late season form. For the Americans, Chann McRae (8th in 2000, 5th in 1999).
The Italians always self destructDavid Feldman
Oct 9, 2001 4:02 PM
Italian teams seem to have a history of infighting and star-heaviness--Casagrande maybe is supported enough by other azzuri to have a good shot?
Bugno back to back, Fondriest's lucky win, Argentin in Coloradozelig1
Oct 10, 2001 6:07 AM
but not much in recent years. I'm headed to Lisboa tonight, primarily to watch the Men's Elite TT and RR. If you've walked around Lisboa, you know that the course is for hardmen. They say it's going to be wet for the Men's TT which will interesting as the TT course has some technical sections. Sunday's supposed to be dry and in the low 20C's.

I like Ullrich, Bartoli, Bettini, Casagrande, Aerts, Rebellin, and Simoni. Well, after naming all these Italians you come down to the usual problem in the World's (Bugno winning consecutive titles and Fondriest winning after Bauer and Criquelon crashing being the exception). Country unity and team politics unless Ballerini's got the whole thing sorted out.

Okay, I like Ullrich, Zabel, Freire and pick an Italian from the aforementioned as one of them's bound to make the break despite the lack of team cooperation. Both Freire and Zabel are capable of hanging on as the effect of the circuit's is going to be cumulative and these two have shown the ability to be there on these types of courses.

Dark horses?? Konyshev's been mentioned at a number of sites and you can never discount this cagey veteran who's come oh so close. The sun's setting but he's always been a great tactician with a good finish. Tchmil, love the guy but this course may not be to his liking. Can Vainsteins defend? He's not had great results all season and again, I think the course is not going to be his first choice. Millar's got a chance provided he can hold his Vuelta form. Everybody's whipping boy Tricky Dick can't be counted out as he's very fresh and has a point to prove.

In the TT I like Botero (if he can hold his Vuelta form), Brard and Ullrich unless he's completely focused on the RR. BTW, according to Bloomberg wire, Ullrich's got a new, one of a kind, carbon Pinarello for the TT. Maybe it's like the Sword that Indurain, Riis and Ullrich all rode in the last 90's. The course is tougher than the RR and very technical. Millar has yet to show me that he's capable of doing this sort of distance in a TT with rolling terrain. Much as I would like to see Leipheimer do well, I've got to believe he's completely knackered from his Vuelta experience. If he had a couple Euro seasons under his belt, maybe. Much as I like Voight, this circuit's not suited for him. I also like Jalabert as he's got the ideal combination of rouleur, a bit of a climber and he's a great bike handler notwithstanding his spill on that descent in the Tour. Unfortunately, he's not riding.
I got money on Ullrich (nm)YoungRcR
Oct 9, 2001 2:54 PM
ditto on Ullrich nmWagnerite
Oct 9, 2001 9:26 PM
What's up with the picture??Mazz
Oct 10, 2001 3:17 AM
What's going on with that picture you posted? Is it me, or are Ullrich's pedals off his left crank? Bad light? angle?
What's up with the picture??Mel Erickson
Oct 10, 2001 5:40 AM
The end of the crank is in the shadow of his foot. It looks like there's no pedal but it's there, securely attached to his shoe, if you look closely.