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TDS: Vinokourov wins mnt stage, Zülle grabs leader jersey(8 posts)

TDS: Vinokourov wins mnt stage, Zülle grabs leader jerseycyclopathic
Jun 21, 2002 7:34 AM
too bad Postal isn't riding this year/no coverage :(
Telekom may have found their replacementJS
Jun 21, 2002 8:02 AM
for Ullrich. I've always thought Vino had great potential but he always seemed to be carrying a little too much weight. This year he appears much leaner and faster.
What was the stage profile like?Sintesi
Jun 21, 2002 9:05 AM
Vino is one of those guys who is always threatening to win but rarely gets there. Maybe this is his year but it's hard for me to think of him as a contender in any of the large tours. The guy has phenomenal legs and is a great domestique but I can't see him in the top 5 at the tour. Maybe top ten. Course maybe, your right and he's made an advancement this year.

How tough was the stage?
It's the first mnt stagecyclopathic
Jun 21, 2002 9:44 AM
with 1 major overpass /Fluela/ and 15km uphill finish. Domat Ems - Samnaun, stage 3.

Casagrande and Savoldelli were dropped 10km to finish; needless to say Cassagrande cracked and finished 5min behind, Savo was 13min back. Tonkov looked good and lead the pack 2.4km before finish. Vinokourov attacked 1km before finish and won sprint, Zulle was 3 sec behind (in gen class Vino is second 6sec behind Zulle). Tonkov was 4th (6 in general) back 9 and 49sec

Livingston finished 27th, 3:46 behind winner

In after stage interview Vinokourov said he has no plans to win TDS, it is "form test" for him. He just felt good so he attacked.
Always threatening...Wayne
Jun 21, 2002 10:01 AM
He's still maturing and I think is on his way to being a team leader, isn't he still pretty young 26-27 yr range? He did win Paris-Nice earlier this year so I would say he's progressing nicely. But I don't think he has the body type to win a grand-tour these days. Too many mountain top finishes to drag his relatively heavily muscled body up, catches up to him over three weeks. I agree maybe a top 10 but unless he does some serious body reshaping I don't know that he'll ever win a grand tour.
"extra weight" - as in...?MaRider
Jun 21, 2002 6:06 PM
... a jersey containing 8 bottles of water?
i hope Zülle can hang on to it.EpicX
Jun 21, 2002 8:18 AM
he's always been one of my favorites. he just had a lot of pressure to be a grand tour winner. i think he could have been more successful if he had been allowed to stick to smaller stage races like TDS or the Dauphine instead of being thrust into the TDF as an Indurain challenger from the moment he turned pro...
I like Zulle too.Sintesi
Jun 21, 2002 9:35 AM
If he didn't fall and lose 7 minutes to Lance in the Nazzare stage (I might be remembering wrong about the name)he would have finished much closer to Lance back in '99. I can still picture him getting dropped by Lance's acccelerations stage after stage and slowly clawing his way back. If only he wasn't a Festina rider....