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Lets start stiring the pot right now! Armstrong will kicka%&mla
Mar 28, 2003 11:28 AM

On the eve of the race, the Spanish press headlines a recent radio interview given by the Texan in which he reportedly downplayed the Vuelta winner's potential as a threat.

"The winner of Vuelta a España believed that he deserved different treatment from the American," writes Madrid daily As. "Aitor has announced a battle for 2003, including in the Tour de France. Today is the first day."
The race is on!!
Please take this to the Fawning-over-Lance board...Spunout
Mar 28, 2003 11:38 AM
Okay, ya! Aitor is a good champion, and can beat Lance in the TT. Fassa Bartolo is working VERY hard in the early season, I hope they don't blow their load on the Giro and save some for the Tour.

Good competition!
Mar 28, 2003 12:31 PM
Aitor lost time to Heras on every climb in the Vuelta, and Heras isn't even the top guy in the Tour, so it's folly to think he can match up with Lance in the mountains. Even if Aitor can beat Lance in the time trials, it's hard to imagine Lance losing any significant time.

Aitor is just another Spanish pretender, like Beloki always will be. There are two other Americans leading teams, Hamilton and Leipheimer, who actually match up fairly well with Aitor. All are strong time trialists and second-tier climbers. I have to wonder if Aitor can even reach the podium if those guys are on form.

I'm sure Lance is more interested in Ullrich and Simoni as real competition. Those guys are both first-tier climbers. Ullrich obviously can TT, and Simoni can fake it when he needs to.
My tour contender predictionrussw19
Mar 28, 2003 5:43 PM
If he is healthy at the start, I think Lance's big challenge this year will be Dario Frigo. Aitor will not even finish top 5. I think he will be around 8th or so losing big on a mountain after cracking.

Just my prediction.... who wants to throw theirs in?

"Lose on a big mountain..." like Botero! Another hopeful. :) nmSpunout
Mar 30, 2003 3:47 AM