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TDF Top 4?shirt
Jan 29, 2002 5:10 PM
Okay, I'm not ready to put money down yet, but here are my bids for 1-4 in the TDF. Yeah, I'm makin' it four just because.

1. Lance
2. Simoni
3. Jan
4. De Galdeano
re: TDF Top 4?Aramo
Jan 29, 2002 6:56 PM
4.Evans (cadel)
TDF Top 4allervite
Jan 29, 2002 9:22 PM
1. Lance
2. Ullrich
3. Moreau
4. Sevilla

No one can touch Lance and Ullrich. Moreau can time trial and climb and he is on a better team now. Sevilla could win it all in a few years. Hope to see Leipheimer and Hamilton up there also.
TDF Top 4TSlothrop
Jan 30, 2002 4:35 AM
1. Ullrich
2. Lance (but very, very close between them)
3. Sevilla
4. Virenque

I agree that no-one's gonna be able to really rival Ullrich or Lance, but I think Ullrich's form is going to be much closer to Lance's this year ( I hope so anyway).
re: TDF Top 4?McAndrus
Jan 30, 2002 5:15 AM
1. Lance
2. Ullrich
3. Sevilla
4. Leipheimer

Comments: Leipheimer? Yeah, I'm sticking my neck out on that one. Is Rabobank's coaching as good as Postal's? Can Rabobank ride to defend a leader? Simoni in second? I think Simoni and Leipheimer are fighting for fourth. Tour history if full of Giro greats who show poorly in the Tour: Tonkov and Gotti come to mind. Hamilton is also top ten.
re: TDF Top 4?Eric16
Jan 30, 2002 10:11 AM
1. Lance
2. Ullrich
3. Heras
4. Simoni

With the form Lance an Jan are going to be in come July there are really two races going on. Race #1: Lance and Jan battling for 1st (Lance wins but not by nearly as much). Race #2: Everyone else fighting over the last podium spot. Although I hope to see my other favorites like Levi, Tyler, Sevilla (that kid's got heart!), Moreau, Cadel, and maybe even Millar up in the running I think it will come down to Roberto and Gibo with Roberto just winning. Roberto wasn't in good form last year due to injury and dealing with the team transfer but he still managed to find some form in the later mountain stages (i.e. bridging up to Jan and Lance and then going to work at the FRONT of that group!) I say Heras and Simoni are even in the TT, they've both shown that they can look after themselves against the clock when enough's on the line and they're healthy (i.e. Roberto in the 2000 vuelta and Simoni in the 2001 Giro) and I think Heras is a slightly better climber.

re: TDF Top 4?jschrotz
Jan 30, 2002 3:56 PM
1. Ullrich
2. Armstrong
3. Simoni
4. Moreau

Ullrich is looking lean and mean compared to this time last year (and the year before, and the year before. . .).
I think he'll finally put it all together this year, but Armstrong will push him all the way to the end. Simoni will put in a great ride, but after defending the Giro, he won't have quite enough to put him in the ring with Jan and Lance. Moreau will improve his climbing enough to stay in sight of Beloki and then move past him in the final TT.
re: TDF Top 4?TJeanloz
Jan 30, 2002 6:28 PM
Every year I say Ullrich has more talent than Lance and should beat Lance, and every year he lets me down. I want to pick him to win, but I have no reason to believe (despite his Qatar results) that he will be on peak form in July. So I see it like this:

1. Lance
2. Ullrich

Below that, there's sort of a talent plateau- the next ten guys could be in any order, Hamilton, Heras, Beloki, Moreau, Simoni all belong in that group- but none are in the same class as Armstrong and Ullrich.