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I want some drama. Not a spoiler for today's stage.(6 posts)

I want some drama. Not a spoiler for today's stage.gregario
Jul 24, 2002 7:00 AM
I don't know what's going on with today's (wednesday) stage, but I want ONCE to gang up on Lance, put his domestiques in trouble, outnumber him and have Beloki put at least a couple of minutes into him. Maybe even enough time for Lance to have to dig deep in the time trial. This is getting boring. Of course, I still want Armstrong to win, but I want some excitement. Good thing there is Jalabert at least. Anyone else feel this way? I'd also love to see Hamilton make one of the breaks.
re: I want some drama. Not a spoiler for today's stage.MXL02
Jul 24, 2002 7:10 AM
Yeah I gotta admit it doesn't have a lot of drama going on. How about Lance blasting up Col de Galibier ala Eddie Merckx, despite his lead and apparent win of the GC.
Semi SpoilerPhatMatt
Jul 24, 2002 7:15 AM
In the few brief minutes I saw this morning it looks like it might be good, But like I said I only saw about 5 minutes of it.

Matt
re: I want some drama. Not a spoiler for today's stage.sharkey
Jul 24, 2002 8:20 AM
Ho-hum! Another day on the mountains for the USPS team. It's been the same (flawless, well drilled, perfected) routine on every mountain stage: First they push the pace with Hincapie providing the draft . . . when he's blow they continue up the hill with Landis . . . then in the closing kilos its Rubiera, then finally Heras . . . Lance sprints the last 4 to 6 km for another minute or two into Beloki and the other GC . . . (yawn!)

Is it my bedtime?

Just kidding! Sometimes perfection is boring to watch. USPS is incredible this year!!!
re: I want some drama. Not a spoiler for today's stage.mr_spin
Jul 24, 2002 8:45 AM
Beloki could shove the entire USPS team off a cliff and he still won't put a few minutes into Lance Armstrong. Have you been watching the race?

Why it is so important to outnumber him has never been obvious to me. Lance is still the strongest guy. Outnumbered or not, alone or not, he can still just sit on Beloki's wheel. ONCE guys can attack Lance for hours, but they are also attacking Beloki and the rest of the ONCE team! No one gets to ride for free, unless you are Jacky Durand hanging onto the team car.

ONCE can send a guy off the front, but they would never let him get enough time to threaten Beloki. And only Azevedo might have a chance of staying with Lance. Galdeano certainly can't. These are just stupid tactics and Lance is very smart tactically. When he is the leader, all he has to do is follow whoever is in second place.

Team tactics cannot beat Lance. If Beloki ever wants to beat him, he's going to have to wait to see a sign of weakness and attack straightaway. Do like Hamilton did to Cadel Evans in the Giro. Or he can roll the dice and attack him without seeing a sign of weakness. Mano a mano. He tried that yesterday, but Lance was not weak, only inattentive. Nice try, but it didn't work. One day, it could work. Still, gaining a couple of minutes? No way.
Lance's inattentionPdxMark
Jul 24, 2002 12:17 PM
It was surprising to see Beolki get a bit of a jump on Lance in the final 500 meters. In the interview afterward, Lance said he didn't notice until he heard Bruyneel shouting in his earpiece that Beloki had jumped...