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TTT Lance Interview (Not a spoiler)(10 posts)

TTT Lance Interview (Not a spoiler)Len J
Jul 12, 2002 4:44 AM
Frankie Andreu asked Lance yesterday before the start of stage 5 if they eased up in the TTT in order to not drop Heras (who was struggling at one point. Lance made (what to me were) several interesting comments:

-Roberto can't maintain 60 KPH like George & Ekimov & Landis.

-They questioned themselves after the TTT about wether they stayed in the double paceline too long. When they went to the single line in the last 10K and had their strong men do longer pulls, they made up 22 seconds.

-Overall, he was happy as they didn't burn anyone out, kept the team together and didn't lose too much time.

Maintain 60KPH. that's like 38 MPH. I knew these guys were strong but that is amazing.

I thought Heras was the Heir aparent, how can this be if he can't maintain high enough speeds. Won't this kill him in the TT?

I wasn't aware that a double pace line was slower but more efficient (Over a distance) than a single. It makes sense that a double (because it is constantly rotating) would require you to balance pace to the slower team member, I just had never realized this.

I thought this was interesting.


60 KPH, these guys are animals.
Jul 12, 2002 5:01 AM
my best sprint ever topped out just under 60kph. these guys are indeed animals.
At one point the camera motorcycle following USPS showed 70KPH!!JL
Jul 12, 2002 5:08 AM
Saw that, think it was on a descent. nmLen J
Jul 12, 2002 5:16 AM
I get to 70kmh but that is going down hill with a tail wind.PhatMatt
Jul 12, 2002 5:25 AM
This ind of speed just amazes me. I did my best in a small group on my recent MS150. On the first day I was in a small group doing 28mph for about 5-7 miles. I was able to hang on. It was the local shop owner and his wife pulling us along like we were on a sunday stroll. Damn that was fun.

I was wondering that myself,JL
Jul 12, 2002 5:33 AM
but it was hard to tell from the camera angle and the team was still rotating through the paceline "normally". Still it's flying and YES they are animals as you said in the first message.

Happy riding,
re: TTT Lance Interview (Not a spoiler)Mel Erickson
Jul 12, 2002 5:34 AM
Wasn't there a side wind for much of the stage? Double pace lines are often used in a side wind condition to shield half of the group from the wind.
re: TTT Lance Interview (Not a spoiler)Len J
Jul 12, 2002 5:41 AM
I think you're right, although ONCE used a single line for most of the TTT. I wonder if they "Burnt" the team to win the TTT.

re: TTT Lance Interview (Not a spoiler)Mel Erickson
Jul 12, 2002 8:09 AM
I wouldn't think they "burnt" the team much more than the Posties. They only won by 16 seconds. With a double pace line the posties probably spread the effort out a little more but 16 seconds over 41K is not much of a difference, even if they stayed in a single line the whole way. They may have put more of a strain on a couple of individuals though.
Heras doesnt have the "cubic inches".huez
Jul 12, 2002 1:00 PM
What I mean is, he doesnt put out the power that those three do.

However, he does have a better power to weight ratio, meaning he will climb faster with his power and lighter weight.

Just like Miguel Martinez, probably one of the best climbers out there but probably has the lowest power output in the peleton. He weighs just over 110 or something absurd like that. They call him Mighty Mouse on the MTB circuit.

They use the big guys to motor on the flats.