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Bobby J at Tour de Suisse(7 posts)

Bobby J at Tour de SuisseWannabe
Jun 18, 2002 7:34 AM
Okay, I must admit, I did not think that Julich had shown much form to warant Telekom from releasing Julich from his roles in supporting Vinokourov. Well, Julich did pretty well in the prologue today (won by Zulle, what a year) and beat Vino. Perhaps Telekom will give him more leeway in the Tour to go for GC... Perhaps they will pull a CSC (Hamilton/Sastre) and support whichever one of them shows better form as the race progresses...

slow downmr_spin
Jun 18, 2002 8:05 AM
He only beat Vino by a second. With nine stages to go, that's hardly enough to adjust team strategy! If Vino was the man, I'm sure he's still the man.
I didn't say...Wannabe
Jun 18, 2002 8:15 AM
...that Telekom was going to drop vino and support Julich. I said that they might now give Julich more freedom. Vino is still the designated GC man. I suggested that if during the Tour Julich shows better form than vino, then perhaps they will support him. That they might adopt more of an approach like CSC has indicated.

Telekom no longer has GC contender.Sintesi
Jun 18, 2002 8:39 AM
They are packing the team to support Zabel which is why zagnini has made the roster. The rest of the team will try to snipe stage wins. This seems to be what Godefroot is saying these days. Vino is no serious GC candidate in a three week race so I think Telekom going to shoot for exposure by way of stage wins, not overall podium spots.

At least that is what I've read.
Julich? Hahahaha....Niwot
Jun 18, 2002 8:00 PM
For the last 4 years, Julich has been only a pale shadow of the guy who finished 3rd in the 1998 TdF (which, of course, happened only after most of the best GC contenders quit the race). He finishes less than 1 second ahead of Vinokourov in a freaking prologue and you think all of a sudden he's podium material and Vino is his domestique?

Julich already has all the freedom he needs. If he can stay with Armstrong in the mountains and no one else on Telekom can, then he'll be their GC guy. If he gets blown off the back in every mountain stage, like last year, then he's just another guy on the team.
Thanks, somebody had to say it! (nm)Wayne
Jun 19, 2002 4:34 AM
Oh well...Wannabe
Jun 19, 2002 6:11 AM
Reading comprehension is a lost art I guess. Surf's up!