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warning shot fired in 2-day's Dauphine (yes, spoiler inside)(13 posts)

warning shot fired in 2-day's Dauphine (yes, spoiler inside)philippec
Jun 11, 2003 7:37 AM
L.A. just fired a warning shot across the bow of the TDF peleton in today's Dauphiné ITT.

"Lance Armstrong s'est élancé à 16h12 et teste un nouveau vélo, du moins un nouveau guidon avant le Tour de France. ...
17:13
Lance Armstrong vient de pulvériser le chronomètre avec un superbe temps de 49 minutes et 32 secondes !

Translation:
Lance Armstrong took off at 16:12 and is testing a new bike, or at least a new handlebar set-up before the TDF.....

17:13
L.A. has just pulverised the course time w/ a superb run at 49 minutes and 32 seconds (2 minutes faster than the current best time)

w/ riders still on the course (Iban mayo, for instance), it will be interesting to see if this time will stick. Good showing anyway by Armstrong who put 3+ minutes into hamilton...

A+

Philippe
it stuck...philippec
Jun 11, 2003 7:47 AM
and he won, in front of (1 minute in front of) a resurgent D. Millar.

A+

Philippe
The writing's on the wall...BergMann
Jun 11, 2003 7:49 AM
Lance took over a minute out of Millar, and over _5 minutes_ out of Hamilton. Haven't seen any results for Leipheimer, who was impressive in the prologue, but it looks like we'll have to put those dreams of an all-American podium on ice for the time being.

Looks like Tyler, like Frigo, is paying for his early season romp.
The writing's on the wall...allezrider
Jun 11, 2003 8:07 AM
Actually Hamilton was only going hard for the first 15k to post some times for his teammate Sastre. He is not in this one to be on the podium. I dont want to take away from Armstrong's amazing time, but can't really judge this race for a battle of the american's.
The writing's on the wall...noveread
Jun 11, 2003 9:01 AM
That may be the plan now, to help Sastre, but the fact is, earlier in the year Tyler had indicated that the Dauphine was definitely a priority, not a training race.

I hope he simply scaled back his effort on purpose and is not experiencing a "Frigo."

Noveread
The writing's on the wall...allezrider
Jun 11, 2003 9:17 AM
well I guess that tune changed according to his velonews entry
read it for yourself

http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/4081.0.html

You also have to remember he was fighting a bug also through the first few days..... we all know this guy can time trial and come july I think you will see a good dual....
That's so cool...I never knew that.eschelon
Jun 11, 2003 9:46 AM
I always thought the whole throwing the water bottle thing was just a casual wasteful thing...interesting...makes a lot of sense.
seems like such a minimal risk.Frith
Jun 11, 2003 10:11 AM
How hard is it really to do a thorough wash? especially when you use bleach. It may be done for a reason - but - I still see it as "casual wastefulness".
Yeah, the soigneurs and mechs have NOTHING else to do!(nm)merckx56
Jun 11, 2003 11:08 AM
doesn't change the fact that it IS wastefull (nm)Frith
Jun 11, 2003 11:19 AM
I'll bet nary a one gets "wasted"Mel Erickson
Jun 11, 2003 11:57 AM
I bet they all get scrounged, maybe even before they hit the trash, by hotel workers, kids, collectors, etc.
I understand that.noveread
Jun 11, 2003 10:02 AM
That is my point. I hope he is riding the way he is due to a temporary condition and he will indeed "come around" by LeTour.

Noveread
I understand that.allezrider
Jun 11, 2003 10:07 AM
sorry I misunderstood you. I think tyler's biggest problem is not his physical state, but his mental state. I think he needs some more wins before he realizes that he could challenge armstrong in the tour. It will be fun watching what happens

eric