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Armstrong not trying that hard?(14 posts)

Armstrong not trying that hard?esbike
Jun 12, 2002 10:54 PM
Check out picture below. LA is riding the standard 5200 frame instead of the silver (and lighter) 5900 frame on Mt. Ventoux. What's up with that?
re: Armstrong not trying that hard?esbike
Jun 12, 2002 10:56 PM
Sorry, here is the picture
the 5200/5500 is heavierweiwentg
Jun 13, 2002 2:40 AM
he's actually trying harder. when the TDF comes and he gets on the 5900, he's going to fly.
the 5200/5500 is heavierdivve
Jun 13, 2002 2:46 AM
The 5200 is a stiffer frame.
Not true, Ridden both, 5900 is much stiffer. nmLen J
Jun 13, 2002 3:56 AM
My mistake, was thinking of 5500/5900. nmdivve
Jun 13, 2002 7:12 AM
My mistake, was thinking of 5500/5900. nmR-I-D-E
Jun 13, 2002 8:43 AM
The 5200 and 5500 are the exact same frame. They only diff in the bikes is components. Both are the 120 OCLV and are heavier, and not as stiff, as the 5900 which is made from the 110 OCLV.

Just wanted to clear that up.

Thanks for...divve
Jun 13, 2002 1:18 PM
clearing that up...because I certainly got it all screwed up:)

BTW, I read somewhere that LA preferred the heavier bike for fast descents. He found it was more stable than the super light 5900 according to the article. Any truth to that story?
re: Armstrong not trying that hard?zooog
Jun 13, 2002 3:15 AM
I really think Lance knows what he is doing. He could ride the "autobike" and thomp on these guys.
we shall see thatcyclopathic
Jun 13, 2002 4:24 AM
in a few weeks.

Lance wasn't riding to win, he was checking competition. In this picture he is attacking Kivilev, he had checked out others too.
Jun 13, 2002 5:08 AM
read the interview on Velonews, he was trying to win the stage on Ventoux. He's just not 100% yet, he still has a month to go before he needs to peak. Botero is probably in top form now (although he says he isn't going for the Tour GC but waiting for the Vuelta) judging from his Classiques des Alpes win, and he clearly "rested" on the earlier stages of the Dauphine so that he could give everything for the stage win iin the TT. LA is not Eddy Merckx, he needs to be at 100% to decimate his opponents and it appears to need to be about 1 to 2 weeks into a Grand Tour. Otherwise all of his top performances over the last 3 or 4 years have been very similar to how he's going now (i.e. very competitive with the top guys but by no means totally dominating).
Jun 13, 2002 5:17 AM
I agree. Lance is about 5 weeks or so away from when he needs to be in top form. What you see in the Dauphine is classic LA TdF prep.
You have no clue.JS
Jun 13, 2002 6:52 AM
To disrespect the other racers like that shows you have no grasp of proffesional cycling. Ya, he can win whenever he wants, just ask Botero.
he changed bikestheBreeze
Jun 13, 2002 12:49 PM
Check out Graham Watson's web site. He's got a photo of Armstrong changing bikes during the stage. Didn't say why. I know he does have a "climbing" bike, maybe that was the switch.