|Latest quote from Phil:||Lazy|
Jul 17, 2001 7:09 AM
|Maybe slightly off.
"Ullrich came here today to use his team to defeat Armstrong. Instead, Armstrong has used Ullrich's team to defeat Ullrich."
Classic. What a ride by LA! No one should be surprised though. This is the third year in a row he's used this strategy.
|Armstrong's tactics are brilliant.||Cima Coppi|
Jul 17, 2001 8:50 AM
|Let's face it, he and the Posties had us fooled into thinking they were being torn apart by Telekom. Little did we know they were saving their reserves for dealing the perfect blow on l'Alpe. I was sure reading the live updates Telekom had everything in hand, and they had good tactics. Try to blow the race appart by setting a fast pace on the climbs. What back fired is they could not shake the right competition off the back. Team wise, Telekom has the strongest team, but LA is currently the strongest rider. |
Mind you, this is only the first day in the mountains. Let's ask ourselves how much energy LA and Ullrich wasted today for tomorrows TT. Beloki did nothing today, is he saving himself for tomorrow?? Also, if Telekom can continue setting this type of pace into the Pyrenees, can the Posties keep up?
Jul 17, 2001 9:09 AM
|to any of those questions, but I can't wait to find out! Man, this is getting good!!|
|Hard to believe Beloki is saving himself...||Lou M|
Jul 17, 2001 9:27 AM
|would anyone willingly give LA a margin or lead they have to fight to get back in the mountains?? I think they all gave it their best, although I haven't watched it on TV yet. I can't wait...|
|Its only the first major mountain stage...||Cima Coppi|
Jul 17, 2001 9:47 AM
|He must be saving himself, esp. for tomorrow.|
Jul 17, 2001 10:54 AM
|LA is clearly the strongest rider and all he has to do is answer or chase any "potential" breakways from his main contenders. Needless to say that he will attack a couple more times before the weeks is over.|
|If Beloki could have gone, he would have, IMO.||Largo|
Jul 17, 2001 2:18 PM
|Seeing LA attack, i think all the GC contenders would have gone if they could have.
I didn't think LA was going to take the stage, i was amazed.
After seeing this, i don't think any of the rest will have a hope of taking the TT tomorrow from LA, except for JU, and thats a big if.
JU certainly rode a smart climb today, he knew he can't match LA on a climb like that, but he is as strong as an ox, and he could prove to be the winner tomorrow, i hope!
IMHO, Beloki won't be there, but i am prepared to eat humble pie:)
|Epic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>||Live Steam|
Jul 17, 2001 10:47 AM
|Maybe Ullrich would have finished second another time - in 1997 - had LA not been sick then. I know his cancer treatment strange as it may be, helped him, but how does this man do this to world class racers supposedly on par with him?|
|Epic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>||wscott|
Jul 17, 2001 12:30 PM
|Don't kid yourself, without the cancer to take away his upper body bulk he most likely would never have been a tour contender (or even realized he had the potential). It's very hard to lose muscle mass because it takes relatively little effort to maintain it once you've put it on.
How does he do it? Clearly he has one of the top physiologic abilities to process oxygen (and post cancer the right body type) and recovery ability and he is able to peak at tour time. Put those 3 together and you have a champion.
|That's all you need huh?||Skeptic|
Jul 17, 2001 6:22 PM
|No ability to withstand pain, no ability to physically, mentally and intellectually absorb training regimens, no heart, no brains , no courage, etc. etc. You make it sound like anybody with the 3 things you mention could win the TDF.|| |