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Piccoli at Caserta(5 posts)

Piccoli at CasertaMSA
May 23, 2002 8:57 AM
Can any of you racers out there explain to me what Piccoli was thinking during this stage. Did he really believe he could hold his lead to the end? I am asking because it seemed that everyone pretty much knew before he broke that his lead would be impossible to hold. What strategy if any was thinking of?
Nice spoiler nmmr_spin
May 23, 2002 9:07 AM
Nice spoiler nmMSA
May 23, 2002 9:09 AM
Sorry, I thought a spoiler was discussing today's stage...Caserta was two days ago.
OK, you're rightmr_spin
May 23, 2002 9:20 AM
I don't remember the stage finish towns, but that one sounded suspiciously like today's finish. You are better off using the stage number, I think.

What was he thinking? I think Lampre is desperate for a result of any kind, and barring that, maximum exposure for the Sponsor. Lampre riders have gone out on breaks in the past couple of stages, perhaps because they realize that Tonkov is outclassed on GC by Casagrande, Simoni, and Hamilton (Garzelli too, for what that's worth).

I fully expect Lampre to keep throwing riders into the fray until they get a stage. Remember, last year they didn't get a stage win until the penultimate stage, when Simoni took a solo flyer. This year, I don't think they want to wait that long!
re: Piccoli at Casertarideslikeagirl
May 23, 2002 9:30 AM
I actually thought he was going to pull it off. It was pretty close.

I'm sure he was thinking that he felt strong enough to stay away.

The corner where he lept off the front was really the logical location for a breakaway. Maybe it was just a bit longer than he thought.

I sure was rooting for him! Would have been beautiful-