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Another thought(s) on yesterday's TT(7 posts)

Another thought(s) on yesterday's TTlott
Jul 16, 2002 7:36 AM
I was curious as to how the cyclists starting time position is calculated. For instance, do the riders do a random start order sequence or is it determined by their order of overall standing in the Tour???

Also, I'm not trying to downgrade what Botero did yesterday but is it possible that he had less wind to battle than the other riders??? For instance, did the earlier riders Botero, I think Honchar have possibly less of a headwind than Armstrong or Galdeano??? Is this ever mentioned during the Time trials or is it not a big factor.

Thanks, Larry
re: Another thought(s) on yesterday's TTLen J
Jul 16, 2002 7:39 AM
Start is in reverse order of General classification standings with three minute intervals for the las 60 or so riders, first 120 or so go off in one minute intervals.

Phil did mention last night that the wind did freshen throughout the day. If true it could have made a difference.

Wind excuses. Botero and Lance both had a great ride.Sintesi
Jul 16, 2002 8:57 AM
"Also, I'm not trying to downgrade what Botero did yesterday but is it possible that he had less wind to battle than the other riders???"

It's a factor, I read an article where John Vaughters said the wind picked up significantly, but LA has also said he was dying in the final 5K and didn't feel like he was getting the speed he was used to. I think Lance had good day and Santi Botero had a great day.
re: Another thought(s) on yesterday's TTPhatMatt
Jul 16, 2002 9:15 AM
I wish my ITT at that distance could be as good as last place.

Other thoughts...Slowclimber
Jul 16, 2002 10:27 AM
I read an article on one of the tour sites yesterday talking about the poor equipement choices Lance made for the time trial. Lance didn't use the special TT suite that was made for him, didn't use the best rear wheel or handlebar either.

The article stated that had he used them he could have shaved another 40 - 60 seconds off of his time.

If this is true it makes you wonder why?

My conspiracy theory is this (more than likely blowing smoke out of my butt).

Lance has a history of making the field think he is weak when he is really strong (last years first climb). He could have chose slower equipment because he needed the hard work out (part of his scientific training regim) but didn't want to take over the yellow jersey at this time. This way he goes all out but is just slow enough not to win but fast enough to take time out of Galdeano.

With the rest day today and a flat day tomorrow I don't think he wanted the jersey. Why not make Once defend another day until they get to the mountains? He doesn't need, nor really want the stage wins. His goal is yellow in Paris and he knows how to get it.

My guess is you will see him hang back wednesday, stay with the leaders on Thursday and take the lead on the final climb on Thursday. I also wouldn't be surprised if he keeps the leaders in spitting distance until Sunday on Ventoux. There he could take the lead and have Once do all the work to that point having to defend the jersey. Lance does like to win the revered climbs such as Ventoux, Alp Duez, Madaline, etc...

Anyway, excuse the spelling and probably dumb analysis but it's just another perspective to think about.
How Armstrong Will Defeat the Spanish ArmadaFlyByWire
Jul 16, 2002 2:08 PM
Some interesting thoughts...
enjoyable read Thanks nmPhatMatt
Jul 17, 2002 4:37 AM