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Random TdF thoughts....(4 posts)

Random TdF thoughts....KG 361
May 19, 2003 3:35 PM
-Can Garzelli and/or Simoni give Lance a fight?
-Will Ulrich find some way to get in?
-Will Tyler continue to ride well as he has or has he peaked too soon?
All of these make me think that this may be an interesting TdF, even if Jan isn't there.....
my thoughts.........african
May 19, 2003 3:43 PM
this will either be a tame lame show, or it will be one wild insane crazy race beyond any imagination.
Excitement only after the winner.wielerpret
May 20, 2003 4:49 AM
Both Italians are giving their all as we speak. They will be a spent force. Garzelli's team, Calderola, doesn't even take part, and Simoni's Saeco only got a wildcard this week. If the new Team Bianchi with Ulrich get their show on the road, maybe they will receive the last available wildcard.
Der Jan himself I believe to be no match for Lance. He hasn't competed quite enough and is a less gifted climber still.
Tyler is an attractive outsider. If he keeps his powder dry and sticks to Armstrongs' rearwheel long enough, he may win a couple of stages. With all his preparation, his team with Heras and Rubiera, and present condition in mind, I think Armstrong will be able to strike at will.
Wouldn't it be fun to have him change his schedule someday and endeavor in true Eddy Merckx style to ride (and win??) both Giro and Tour? Could this ever be possible again? Or Tour and Vuelta? Damage limitation in time trials and massive attacks on the long climbs. Enjoy. Luke. Amsterdam.
That may be possible, but-KG 361
May 20, 2003 5:48 AM
Garzelli is on Sidermec-Calderola, right? They're in the Tour. The 21 teams that will ride the Centenary Tour are as follows:

Brioches La Boulangère
Crédit Agricole
Fassa Bortolo
Jean Delatour
Quick Step-Davitamon
Team CSC
US Postal - Berry Floor