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Lance-proofing the TdF?(7 posts)

Lance-proofing the TdF?texfan
Jun 27, 2002 10:32 AM
Saw this on the cnnsi site. I apologize in advance if it has already been posted:

Not sure if they are just trying to find an angle, but it is nice seeing a TdF story in SI.

Dang!!! Simulpost. (nm)Bike Fool
Jun 27, 2002 10:49 AM
Total bullshitelviento
Jun 27, 2002 1:49 PM
Having mountain stages later in the tour will deprive Lance of the "cushion" of a few flat stages?

As if Lance can actually use flat stages to win some time over his opponents. The truth is EXACTLY opposite. Lance doesn't give a sh*t on flat stages and just goes with the flow. The key is 3 mountain stages and 2 time trials.

That's all that matters. When they take place doesn't matter. And if he is truly the dominant champion, it should not be a problem.

Calling that almost as unjust as requiring all texans to use crappy bikes is simply idiotic. Well, maybe Americans could use a little more "the whole world against us, yet we still win" mentality.
Cmon, use your headLazywriter
Jun 27, 2002 2:37 PM
The more flat stages prior to the mountains gives others a chance to gain time on him and try to fend Lance off by the mountains. Like that guy Simon did last year when he gained 30 minutes on Lance. If a guy who is a adequate climber gets 40 minutes on Lance early, then someone can steal it a lot easier than if it were the traditional format.
I still think he will win, but you will see the Postal Service team working a lot harder at first which may "soften" them up for the climbs. I hate the french because they HATE they fact that an American is kicking their ass and winning their race. Man I hope he kicks their ass.
Cmon, use your headAegis_guy
Jun 27, 2002 5:59 PM
If the French really wanted to set themselves up for a victory they would put a couple terrorists at the start of every stage. The French have always been the best at putting as much distance between themselves and the enemy.
That's not true.elviento
Jun 27, 2002 7:06 PM
USPS could have pulled back that breakaway if they wanted to. But they were confident enough to just take it easy on that day with bad weather, according to Johan Bruneel(sp.?). It turns out that Lance was able to gain 30 minutes on many other riders in a single mountain stage.

On a typical flat stage without a dangerous breakaway, 99% of the riders will arrive at the same time. I don't think any serious GC contenders will attempt risky breakaways on a flat stage. Since Lance is very strong in the mountains with great willpower, the later the mountain stages, the better position he is in.

The exaggeration of this so called French scheme is just ridiculous. Also the Tour is about about the American nation against the French nation. It's about an international celebration of a great cycling event.
Actually I think Lance is well liked by...Wayne
Jun 28, 2002 2:48 AM
the public in France, it's the media who doesn't like him because of his inaccessability/aloofness. Consequently they write negative stories about him and USPS, one of which led to the judicial investigation. It's not like if Lance wasn't winning it it would be a Frenchman!