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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. ...
Lance Armstrong vient de pulvériser le chronomètre avec un superbe temps de 49 minutes et 32 secondes !

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

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...


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


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."

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

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.

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