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Thoughts on the USPS crash...(5 posts)

Thoughts on the USPS crash...Lazy
Jul 13, 2001 4:48 AM
Looked to me like the Lance, who I believe was riding on the front at the time, drifted right a bit. The second rider (Rubiera?) didn't, and VandeVelde went to the right to follow Lance. Seemed like a combination of Rubiera not paying attention and VandVelde half wheeling him a bit.

I think they were extremely lucky to be able to get back up and continue riding. If it weren't wet I'm sure they would've been road rashed much worse. But, then again if it weren't wet it might not have happened.

The most amazing thing about the whole thing to me was that all the other lads were able to avoid going down with them. An amazing display of bike control IMO.
VandeVelde saidMel Erickson
Jul 13, 2001 6:40 AM
he slipped on the white painted line. I don't think it had much to do with Rubiera. Those lines can be very slippery when wet, I've gone down on one myself. I agree, only VandeVelde and Heras going down, at the speed they were going, is a great testament to their skill. Should the team have waited or kept going? Would they have had a better time by not waiting. Did Armstrong decide to wait as a show of unity, thinking the lost time will be more than made up with Heras helping in the mountains? Did he do it out of respect for Heras and VandeVelde so they would be really motivated on the climbs? Was it even Armstrongs decision or was it Bruyneel's?
VandeVelde saiddough
Jul 13, 2001 7:30 AM
I read somewhere that the decision was made before the stage started. The strategy was that the team would wait for Lance or Heras in the event of a problem. So maybe it wasn't the split second desicion that is appeared to be.
In the mountains...MeMyselfandI
Jul 13, 2001 8:22 AM
they need Heras to be a GC threat in order for him to help Lance the most. Which is why they waited for him. Bruyneel made the decision the night before.
my thoughts on the crashFrancis
Jul 13, 2001 1:16 PM
I believe it was a split second decision between Bruyneel and Lance. The way these two communicate in past races, Bruyneel is the brains and Lance will agree or argue.

Was it the right decision? NO!

- They would have had a better time if they kept going... without question. With 18k to go, you don't need all 9 riders. In fact those 2 will be tired from catching up and bruised from the crash you don't know how productive they will be. USPS finished with 7 riders on the line. Who needs that??? You need to use your peoples and leave them and finish with 5 to get the best time.

- Do they need to wait for Heras to make him happy to make sure he helps out in the mountains? Hell NO! All these people work for Lance. That is crystal clear. They are professionals. They are not babies that will not give extra effort because team didn't wait for them in the crash. They have devoted this race to Lance and the yellow jersey.

- Can they afford to sit around since Ulrich's Deutche Telecom is lagging anyway? Hell no! Time is time. Julich, Moreau and Beloki are real players and you can't screw around and lose minutes.

- They could have lost a heck of a lot more time. They got lucky... Also Lance had to work sooooooo hard to pull everyone and make up for lost time.

So was it a bad split-second decision? I think so. Is it the end of the world? Not really. It just makes for an interesting tour.

francis