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Lance seems to have changed his strategy=Merckx?...(4 posts)

Lance seems to have changed his strategy=Merckx?...Djudd
Jul 8, 2002 5:48 PM
Though very early in the tour Lance seems to be trying to do a Merckx. He looks to be trying to take advantage of opportunities. Stage 1's semi-attack is an example, the effort in the prologue is another. Maybe with no Ullrich he feels he doesn't have to lay back. It will be interesting to see if he continues.
re: Lance seems to have changed his strategy=Merckx?...yfoiler
Jul 8, 2002 6:44 PM
Perhaps but here's my 2 cents;

1. He really did want to win the prologue because he was told on the radio Jalibert had just ridden the ride of his life. Lance was actually down more than a few seconds at the half-way mark, and typical of great timetrialists was ratcheting it up towards the end.

He sent a message to Jalibert and it's this; If you ride the "ride of your life" I can still beat you. Jalibert has three weeks to think about this---and the psychology of this will come in to play in the mountains.

2. By Lance riding more at the head of the Peleton now he is actually playing it smart and SAFE. There's just to many butterflies in the group at this point. A stupid crash/injury could take him out of the entire tour. So up front now, especially in the flats, is where he wants to be---with his guard around him. Besides he gets the same finish time as the peleton, so It's basically "keep it safe now" and bide your time.

That's my 2 cents.

I agree with you totaly nmPhatMatt
Jul 9, 2002 5:03 AM
Regarding your second pointMel Erickson
Jul 9, 2002 6:26 AM
Just look what happened to Moreau.