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Can Ulrich be fit for Le Tour??(9 posts)

Can Ulrich be fit for Le Tour??chopper
Apr 23, 2002 11:47 AM
I've read a couple articles that say Jan is recovering from his knee problems and that he's back on the bike but riding like a 'tourist'. The Team is unsure if he'll ride the Giro, they may just have him do the Tour of Germany and Switzerland instead to prepare for the Tour.

My opinion is that he can't get enough miles in the legs to really challenge for the GC but knowing Jan he'll grind and grind himself into a decent position by Tour's end.

What do you guys and girls think?

Also, does this mean Livingston may lead the Team in the Giro? Could be fun.......
Apr 23, 2002 12:06 PM
If Ullrich doesn't go, their GC hopes will be Kloden, Vinokurov (sp?), and Julich, in that order. But GC wouldn't really be the goal anyway. Get Zabel stage wins and the green jersey. Livingston may even stay home if that happens. Take Hondo instead.
Does anyone know if Simoni is in or out of TdF? - nmMcAndrus
Apr 23, 2002 12:13 PM
Apr 23, 2002 1:50 PM
his team was not pre-selected nor have the wild-cards been decided yet, I think the latter happens in the next couple of weeks. More importantly will Simoni be in shape for the Giro following his knee injury?
My thoughts... and more Pantanism (oh please...)5ive
Apr 23, 2002 12:33 PM
I don't know how Jan's rehab is coming along. I wish him well. He showed me something I didn't expect to see in TDF2001: fight to the end and give everything you got. If Jan's out of the tour, I don't think the honor of being the leader will fo to Livingston. I think it's more likely to be someone like Kloden or Winokurow (or possibly even Jullich?)

BTW, did you guys catch this on Pantani's bored again: (

"My objective is not to take part in the Tour de France, but to win it," said Pantani. "The Tour de France needs Pantani among the starters because they need someone to beat the American. And frankly, I don't see any other candidates."
Headed for Division IIImr_spin
Apr 23, 2002 1:12 PM
Pantani is right about no other candidates, but if he thinks he is the one, he is nutty as a fruitcake. There are dozens of guys right now who can beat Pantani in a Grand Tour. Armstrong, Ullrich, Simoni, and Casero are the obvious choices, as well as Beloki, Frigo, Virenque, Sevilla, etc.

If Mercatone Uno gets selected for the Tour it will be a bigger scandal than last year. After all, led by Pantani, they have done nothing and shown they have nothing to offer except one whining rider living off his past glory, and that glory may even be tainted. Pantani should go quietly into retirement if you ask me. If nothing else, he should try to finish a hard race. Dropping out of LBL while his ex-teammate Garzelli took second (and could have easily won) is not a good sign for the Giro, much less the Tour.
Trying to talk his way onto the tourmanofsteel
Apr 23, 2002 7:48 PM
"Il Pirata" knows his team is a longshot to make the tour even though Leblanc decided to add one more team. Which is why he keeps smack talking Lance. I say, put 'em all in there! Just more fodder for the three time champion!
You gotta admit tho, Pantani was a wonderful foil...Sintesi
Apr 24, 2002 4:58 AM
to Armstrong in the 2000 tour. Those two battling against each other on Ventoux and flapping their gums between races - It was bliss. : ) I like kooky Pantani.
Apr 23, 2002 1:02 PM
Ha Ha Has Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. Ok, now I've had my good laugh!