|Picks for tomorrow... stage winner? ... in yellow? nm.||jba|
Jul 16, 2001 12:19 PM
|oops!Mine are F.Simon in yellow. LA or Botero as stage winner/nm||jba|
Jul 16, 2001 12:28 PM
|Simon in yellow; LA takes stage||Djudd|
Jul 16, 2001 6:55 PM
|LA's sense of drama and keen tactical sense will have him make a significant move tomorrow-- guaranteed|
|Yellow: Simon-----Stage:Lance||Spyder Ryder|
Jul 16, 2001 1:36 PM
|Simon, I think, is pretty much a lock since hes the only one who is even halfway close to O'Grady and that makes the math pretty simple for him to take the malliot juarne.
As for the stage that is a more inteteresting dilemma. IMHO Lance is the strongest rider in the Tour. Unfortunately the strongest rider doesn't always win the Tour, so we'll see in the next week. I've also heard that Lance may attack on the Col de la Madeleine tommorow which would be a damn ballsy move but could possible put him in the yellow if he can hold on to it.
I'm not liking Ullrich because his team was leading out Zabel today and may be weaker than USPS tomorrow. ONCE may have a good showing but we will have to see Beloki's form in the mts first. Botero should be in the top 5 finishers I would imagine because he's with Kelme and they climb like nothing.
Watch out for Julich too he has Voight and Vaughters watching after him and he has been looking pretty good. CA has been playing a tactically perfect TDF and Julich's confidence is probably sky high.
2. Botero 1'25
3. Ullrich 3'45
4. Julich 3'47
5. Beloki 3'47
Thats my guess, but some little Spanish rider whose like 5 hours back will come up with the ride of his life and win it. I guess we'll see tomorrow. OHHHHH YEAH!!!
|If the weather is bad...||mr_spin|
Jul 16, 2001 4:11 PM
|Count Ullrich out, and make Lance the favorite. That's been the pattern over the past few years.
By the way, there is no possible way Lance attacks on the Madeleine. It's way too early in the race. Maybe he fakes one, but a serious attack? Not until the final hill. Lance only launches decisive attacks. The other guys can poke each other with sticks for all he cares.
Jul 16, 2001 4:27 PM
|Here's what cyclingnews has given as the forecast:
"TDF weather forecoast is partly cloudy to sunny and unseasonably cool." But who really knows? Mountain weather can easily turn nasty.
I was hoping for an epic day of bitter cold and rain-slicked roads, but the better the weather, the better the live feed.
|Well if anyone can do it Lance is that one.||Spyder Ryder|
Jul 16, 2001 5:27 PM
|Yeah that would be nuts, but who knows he hasnt done anything basically all Tour, so he should be fresh. But like I said thas what I have heard, but we will find out tomorrow.|
|Simon is an easy pick...||Lazy|
Jul 16, 2001 1:47 PM
|and more than likely correct for the yellow. My guess for the stage tomorrow is Garzelli. I don't know why, but when reading others responses, he just popped into my head. As far as the big guns go, I don't see any of them losing or gaining any substantial amount of time (to each other)since they'll all be inside each others jerseys the whole day. Because of this, I think the UHTT will do more to show us who really wants this race the most.
Wouldn't it be something if Moreau, Ullrich, Julich, Beloki, Botero, and Armstrong all went up the mountains together and finished within 30 secs. of each other? Nearly impossible, but it'd be pretty exciting to watch.