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Friday Tour de France Use-Your-Imagination Poll(11 posts)

Friday Tour de France Use-Your-Imagination PollOldEdScott
Jan 3, 2003 9:15 AM
This is FANTASY now, so don't tell me it can't be done. I know it can't. Just use your imagination and PRETEND it can.

Here's the setup: Mercxx at his best, with his best team; Hinault at his best, with his best team; LeMond, ditto; Indurain, ditto; Armstrong too.

All five are in the same TdF competing against each other. With the latest equipment, access to the latest tech, etc etc. On, say, last year's parcourse.

What happens? What does the podium in Paris look like?
that's so tough!Frith
Jan 3, 2003 9:43 AM
I don't think hinault or lemond make the podium.
and I gotta think armstrong would win.
with Indy one second behind him.
and Eddy one second behind him.
Great poll.... and I gotta say I'm not all that confident in my picks but I stand by them.
Merckx in yellow - and that's all that matters, right? .nm.pben
Jan 3, 2003 9:48 AM
No fair! The rule is, you gotta fantasize a podium.OldEdScott
Jan 3, 2003 9:51 AM
Merckx, Armstrong, Hinaultmohair_chair
Jan 3, 2003 10:06 AM
No one is going to beat Merckx at his best, so that part is easy.

Armstrong is a phenomenal climber and time trialist, in addition to being very smart tactically. He'll beat Indurain and Lemond as a result, because those guys were much better time trialists than climbers.

Hinault is the unknown. He was a very talented all-rounder, and he was great tactically, too. Given the dominance of Merckx (the Armstrong of his generation!), Armstrong-Hinault would be the race for me, considering their successful one-day backgrounds. In the end, I think Hinault will get his shots in, but I don't think he will break Armstrong's singular focus, so he comes in third.

(There is a strange dimensional problem with this game in that Lemond was on Hinault's best team, so how could he compete with himself, but it's only a game....)
And LeMond was arguably better than Hinault on that team! nmOldEdScott
Jan 3, 2003 10:51 AM
Armstrong,Indurain,Hinault (nm)TREKY
Jan 3, 2003 10:19 AM
Completely modern?TJeanloz
Jan 3, 2003 11:58 AM
If we say that the TdF is the only event they race in all year, Merckx wins- hands down. No other cyclist, now or ever, is in his league. I don't see that Indurain or Armstrong could touch him with a ten foot pole. Armstrong, I think, is probably second, with last year's team, I don't think Indurain and Banesto could have beaten that group. I think I put the 1985 Hinault squad ahead of Indurain- that was something of a cycling dream team. Hinault may even beat Armstrong and 2002 Postal with that group. Indurain is 4th; LeMond finishes outside of 5th.
Merckx, Armstrong,Hinault (nm)gregario
Jan 3, 2003 1:24 PM
Dream Podium...and Runners Up:)-Jon Billheimer
Jan 3, 2003 1:47 PM
Merckx, Armstrong, Indurain. Then Hinault with LeMond hot on his tail, all the while complaining that life, racing, etc. etc. isn't fair:)-
Hincapie surprises everyone and with his first tdf
Jan 3, 2003 3:04 PM