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Armstrong wins,,,,any more doubters.....nm(6 posts)

Armstrong wins,,,,any more doubters.....nmThe General
Jul 17, 2001 7:08 AM
re: Armstrong wins,,,,any more doubters.....nmNeedSpeed
Jul 17, 2001 7:22 AM
I support Lance and USPS all the way. I just think that they aren't doing enough to help him on the climbs. He should at least have one guy with him for tactical purposes. We all know no one climbs like Lance, but team-wise, you'd have to admit that Telekom looks stronger at this stage.
Yes, but...mr_spin
Jul 17, 2001 7:38 AM
Rubiera and Heras were both there at the end. Rubiera led the breakaway, but on a mountain top finish, the leader is expected to leave the team behind.

I think USPS played it perfectly. The team is a little beaten up, so give them a day off. Telekom was happy to oblige and they got burned badly. Not only did they lose the race, they lost time, momentum, and face! And they are now tired. And USPS got some rest, relatively speaking. The USPS team gets to rest some more tomorrow (no team tactics required), and Thursday is a Tour rest day. On Friday, hopefully everyone is in good shape.
Telekom was just ahead of USPSSpyder Ryder
Jul 17, 2001 7:50 AM
Everybody is knocking USPS and Bruyneel, but you have to look at the race, yes Benidict Livingston, Vinakourov, Kloden, and Ulroch pushed the pace for longer, but look at who USPS had in the break Armstrong, Heras and Rubiera. Armstrong and Ullrich, we'll say are equal, Rubiera equals Benedict, and Heras can come close to equaling Vinakourov and Kloden.

Would you rather have 3 infantry, (Telekom) or an infantry and a cavalry (USPS)??
Telekom was just ahead of USPSNeedSpeed
Jul 17, 2001 8:09 AM
Good point. Apparently, Rubiera and Heras dropped off to somewhere in the second (main) peloton from the front chase group and rested a bit before turning on the jets and swooping Lance up past the shocked Telekom riders. Since I'm at the office, the best I could do was the EuroSport streaming video and the race commentary on CBS SportsLine. I've ordered DirecTV and they'll be hooking up later this week, but I missed a good one today! Good thing I've already pre-ordered the 2001 TdF DVD from World Cycling Productions! Plus, my lowly cable station shows the 1 a.m. OLN TdF re-cap. so I'll check that out. You guys were right. Postal played it cool and Telekom (and Livingston in particular) did all of that work only to see the USPS climbers launch Lance like a rocket! does anyone know if updated GC standings have been posted anywhere yet? Checked VeloNews, CBS and already ...
Telekom was just ahead of USPSSpyder Ryder
Jul 17, 2001 8:19 AM
Yeah, it's tough not watching it live. check out this link the Tour's official site. Lance is 20 back from Simon and 12 from Kivelev