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Beltran to ---->USPS/BERRY(9 posts)

Beltran to ---->USPS/BERRYQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
May 15, 2003 8:03 PM
Manuel Beltran transfred from Team Coast to USPS. Hope he can help out Roberto Heras in the mountains in the vuelta. Only VandeVelde was there with him.

PS Hope Heras learns how to TT a little better from Lance and train himself for it
re: Beltran to ---->USPS/BERRYcyclopathic
May 16, 2003 6:02 AM
Roberto is too light to TT, but hopefully he gets enough push on uphills to win Vuelta. After all if LA looses this tour USPS'd need contingency plan
re: Beltran to ---->USPS/BERRYJon Billheimer
May 16, 2003 8:04 AM
Beltran's a godsend for Postal at this particular time. It's doubtful that Landis is going to be on form for the Tour, at least not to the extent that he was last year due to his hip injury. So Manuel can take over Floyd's position if necessary. Also it's doubtful that Hincapie will be as strong as he was last year.
is he over his blood bug?cyclopathic
May 16, 2003 9:10 AM
I thought Georgie is out too b/c of the blood parasite
is he over his blood bug?Jon Billheimer
May 16, 2003 9:45 AM
From what I hear he's gotten rid of the parasite and is back training. But I don't think there's any way he can reach peak conditioning like he did last year. I think though that he'll be on the Tour team.
re: Beltran to ---->USPS/BERRYMellowVelo
May 16, 2003 10:02 AM
Roberto is not too light to TT.. Hamilton is EXACTLY the same size.. Roberto needs to train to TT.. He doesn't need to be great, just not bad.
same size?Dwayne Barry
May 16, 2003 11:27 AM
you mean same height and weight, or same weight different heights? Heras appears to have a much more slender build than Hamilton.
re: same size?cyclopathic
May 16, 2003 12:24 PM
according to USPS site Heras is 5'7" and 132lbs; Hamilton is 5'8" and 148 (TdF for '01). Heras was down to 125 in Vuelta, not exactly TT weight. Plus when he attacks on slopes he stands up as most good climbers do. He probably can't generate as much power in aero position.
Well, probablyDwayne Barry
May 17, 2003 3:22 AM
he generates less power than Hamilton, assuming they both have their time trial positions dialed in, and that their drags are therefore comparable (if anything you'd expect Hamilton to have a higher drag since he's got more mass). But Heras weighs a good bit less, so even with less power, his power to weight ratio is probably right at the top amongst the pros so he can climb well (at least comparable to Hamilton, Armstrong, Gonzalez, etc. yet they all blow him away in TT's).