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TDF loading it up for Lance?(6 posts)

TDF loading it up for Lance?Bike Fool
Jun 27, 2002 10:35 AM
Saw this on SI online. Very interesting article on how the TDF seems to be setting up.
re: TDF loading it up for Lance?PMC
Jun 27, 2002 11:14 AM
Just imagine what it will be like come 2004 if Lance is shooting for number six.

Should be fun
If they really had it in for Lance...Wayne
Jun 27, 2002 11:39 AM
why don't they just let in a few of the teams that have potential contenders, like Saeco, Phonak, Coast, and Gerolsteiner rather than a bunch of second rate french teams with names that Armstrong probably doesn't even recognize. They could also shorten the Time trials and lessen the number of mountain top finishes if they wanted to make it something more of a crap-shoot. Of all the problems that they highlight due to this years parcours the only one specific to Armstrong is perhaps having the burden of holding the yellow jersey but that's even a bunch of crap. Since the mountains end so late this year, USPS should actually have less work to do than normal since there won't be any need to be in the lead until a few days before the end. In years past they would have to set tempo the whole last week! That article has more jingoistic spin on it than a top!
who cares if armstrong winspukka
Jun 27, 2002 11:47 AM
sounds like a good idea to keep the race interesting for 3 weeks ,imagine if the final ride down the "champs"actually matters,those sprint finishes are boring ,mountains moutains and more mountains there the stages you remember
Dunno, the one that sticks in my headMel Erickson
Jun 27, 2002 12:57 PM
is the pentultimate time trial won by Greg LeMond that put him 8 seconds ahead of Fignon going into the parade in Paris. But I do love those mountains too.
I don't get itmr_spin
Jun 27, 2002 1:30 PM
Now instead of a boring third week, we have a boring first and second week.

I still don't get how it is supposed to hurt Lance. He is still the best climber in the race. He is also the best time trialist and USPS will probably win the team time trial. As a former classics man, he won't easily be out maneuvered on the road. Personally, I think he will have 3 minutes on his nearest rival by stage 11.

Finally, if the other GC guys think USPS is going to do all the work for the first 10 days, they are delusional. If USPS decides not to chase down a dangerous guy, it won't be long before ONCE has to kick into gear. Or Kelme. Or CA. Remember last year, when USPS refused to work and gave up 30 minutes.