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Lance guts out 4th place in Amstel Gold(13 posts)

Lance guts out 4th place in Amstel GoldNeedSpeed
Apr 28, 2002 7:37 AM
Lance guts it out and finished 4th at Amstel Gold in the four man break with two Fassa riders and Boogerd. Lance was leery of working with Boogerd who sat on his wheel in 99 only to edge him at the line. Postal controlled the peleton after the longest break of 4-6 riders with 40-50 km to go and shredded it. By the time the final four broke away, the main "peleton" consisted of only 30 riders and most of the starting 248 strung out behind.

Provisional results (and coverage link behind)
1. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
2. Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
3. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
4. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service
5. Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei - Quick Step 1.00
6. Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto - Adecco
7. Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis

Nice summary also on
Thanks for the SPOILAGElnin0
Apr 28, 2002 8:03 AM
Next time please refrain from putting the ENDING of a race in your topic.

That way those of us waiting to watch the race for the first time on OLN Thursday (without knowing the ending) don't have to completely avoid these forums.

If you want to be really nice you would also put the word -SPOILER- in your topic and then go on in the body and talk all you want about it.

BTW - ROSEBUD is his boyhood sled.
Rosebud? Are you a citizen?apamin
Apr 28, 2002 8:34 AM
INS wants to know.
Darth Vader is lukes father...thatsmybush
Apr 28, 2002 9:40 AM
In Murder on the Orient Express they all did it.. But like woody says from Cheers, " How can darth vader be lukes father they don't have the same last name?"
darn dude, I haven't seen Star Wars yet either...nmlnin0
Apr 28, 2002 5:49 PM
Thanks for the SPOILAGENeedSpeed
Apr 28, 2002 2:05 PM
Personally, I have NO idea how you think you could go FOUR ENTIRE days without seeing the results of the race on this site, plus not finding out about it in cycling media or your riding buddies. For cyclists, it's no easier avoiding race results than someone finding the score of the Super Bowl, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Point taken. I plan to watch it on OLN too, but I do like knowing about the results and stategy and then watching it. Too bad they couldn't show it live like Paris-Roubaix three weeks ago. Next time, I'll use the spoiler tag.
A bit of a stretch...Ian
Apr 28, 2002 3:06 PM
... to compare Amstel Gold to the Super Bowl, don't you think?

I have to agree that if no one posted it here, I would have no idea until I watched OLN.

I second that emotion...lnin0
Apr 28, 2002 5:47 PM
It is a very large stretch to compare the Amstel Gold Race to the SuperBowl.

For starters, the national media does not cover cycling in the U.S. unless it is that late Sunday in July when LA brings home another TdF win, and even that is lucky to garner 15 seconds. Amstel Gold Race....999 out of 1000 Americans probably think it's a beer chugging race.

I avoid reading my Cycle Sport newsletter and stay clear of for a few days and I'm non the wiser as to who won.

So how is the coverage of cycling in the U.S. just like the nationally overhyped, media frenzied, madison ave field day known as the SuperBowl??? If only we could be so lucky!

Thanks for the consideration in the future though.
I second that emotion...NeedSpeed
Apr 29, 2002 5:03 PM
I think you guys missed my point. What I said was "for cyclists, it's no easier avoiding race results than someone finding the score of the Super Bowl." The key words are "for cyclists." Since our sport doesn't receive the media attention that the "big four" (football, baseball, basketball and hockey) receive, we congregate and seek out forums and media where we learn about our sport. This forum is one such example. On rides, we debate who's the best pro sprinter, climber, overall, classics rider and countless other questions. My point is that you would have to completely isolate yourself from cycling forums and coverage and that your buddies would have to avoid telling you the result. For cyclists and fans, the grand tours and the classics ARE our Super Bowls. We follow them with as much fervor and vigor as football fans follow the Super Bowl. That was what I meant -- our dedication to find out about and debate the races. It's obvious that the avg. American and American media don't give a damn about our sport except for when Lance wins a tour (though there was a brief on Amstel Gold in today's USA TODAY). I just wanted to offer a little clarification. This is my last word on the subject. Thanks for reading.
Watched the last 40k on Eurosportboneman
Apr 28, 2002 10:38 AM
in a rather truncated, taped broadcast. The four, Ivanov and Bartoli from Fassa, Boogerd and Armstrong got away with about 40k to go. Armstrong was probably the strongest of the four but the two from Fassa worked the textbook 1-2 during the last 10k. As for Armstrong and Boogerd teaming up, good question but you can't forget about 1999's result. Anyway, the last 40k to the finish are on narrow roads which twist and turn with a few climbs to spice thing's up and they were able to stay away from the bunch.

Ivanov, from 10k to 5k to go, attacked a number of times with Armstrong constantly closing down the gap, followed by Boogerd and then Bartoli getting the free tow up. Except for one go, I don't think Bartoli hit the front once in the last 20k. The last 5k were taken at a slower pace and the final 2 k, when the course turns back on itself were taken very slowly. Ivanov had the front with Armstrong on his wheel followed by Bartoli and then Boogerd, all on the right hand gutter. Bartoli drifted up on Lance's left and as Ivanov started for the line, was able to get his wheel, followed by Boogerd, forcing Lance to the back and the long way around on the left hand side. Ivanov's fairly fast and almost beat Michele to the line, losing by less than a foot. Fassa finally comes good in the spring classics and Bartoli is clearly enjoying being reunited with Ferretti.

The announcers were impressed that two days after being quite sick to his stomach, that Armstrong was in the 4-up break and clearly the strongman of the four. They also commented that he had done fewer races to date this year than in 2001 although Bruyneel had mentioned during Paris-Roubaix that Lance was looking forward to the Amstel as a true test of this form before going back to a schedule designed to peak for the TDF.

Tour of Romandy starts on Tuesday with live broadcasts every day!
Cool :)tuffnick
Apr 28, 2002 3:31 PM
I'm reading Lance's book! Its really cool. He;s always been a source of inspiration but he also knows when to hang up the bike.

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toatllySintesi at home
Apr 28, 2002 4:29 PM
I hope you get well soon. dig that abook as well. When will lexi let you make your jpeace? alright? I'm behing you all the way. Olympics? I HOPE SO!!!
As Lance states in his book...tuffnick
Apr 28, 2002 5:47 PM
I'm reading his book as we speak and am on chapter 4! But I can relate with a lot of stuff... and I was brash... I was young. I was to aggresive. To young. To cocky. To big to be a road racer so I turned to track after years of contact sports! But an accident like I had can change you into what it takes to make it all the way. Now we'll just have to wait and see :) And I have a LLLLLOOOOTTTT of hard work! Not that I'm complaining... I went and watched a mountain bike race I barely finished 2 years ago since I can only be a spectator again for so long.

-Nick Corcoran
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