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Speaking of Armstrong...(4 posts)

Speaking of Armstrong...funknuggets
Apr 28, 2003 1:25 PM
So, what is with Armstrong losing 50 seconds in the last kms, did the dude bonk or is he playing headgames with the rest of the field already? Seems out of character to me. If he places 20th in a race, he is usually coming from the rear. I do not recollect him being at the front and going backwards like this in several years.

I'm really interested if he is playing headgames early. He looked really strong then, boink... off he goes. Either he is not as invincible as he once was, or he is screwing with everyone...

Just seems hard to believe he would crack like that.

With a team that has seemingly been sick or injured this season so far, is the deck becoming un-stacked for Lance this year?

Or should we wait for Midi to make any conclusions about his chances in TdF?

Chris
he did a ton of workboneman
Apr 28, 2003 2:13 PM
I watched the last 1.5 hours on TV and when he went away with Bartoli, Sanchez and Shefer, only Bartoli worked. After Bartoli got dropped, Lance did all the work. He just ended up in a break with people who didn't work and paid the price.
re: Speaking of Armstrong...MellowVelo
Apr 28, 2003 2:41 PM
Lance went off the front solo on a VERY fast race at 16km.. He was riding with two riders who weren't helping him and he had a determined chase group with several riders from CSC pushing to catch him. When he was caught, Lance attacked again solo which was a desperate move. I haven't seen Lance go off the back of a group when trying to win since Joux Plane in 2000 .. but LBL is just a different type of race.. You've got to be strong & tactically perfect.. Lance picked the wrong break, Bartoli wasn't 100% and the other two riders were weak.
re: Speaking of Armstrong...lanterne rouge
Apr 28, 2003 4:25 PM
I think Lance is exactly where he should be. Yes, he said that he would try to win LBL, and try he did. But as stated in the two responses prior to mine, he was in a break with two riders that didn't want to or were unable to work. He also rode a very strong race in the Amstel Gold. He covered many (if not all, excluding, of course, Vinokourovs) attacks in the closing kilometers of that race. And it is widely held that both of these classics are very hard races. I think we will see a better representation of where Armstrongs conditioning lies with the Dauphine (as the Midi-Libre is no longer). I also think the Tour will be much harder fought this year, although I do believe Armstrong will take his fifth victory.