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newbie "team" questiom(4 posts)

newbie "team" questiomegrand
Jul 17, 2001 5:58 PM
I've been following the Tdf only over the past two years. I've read reports about how important it was to have Rubiera led out Lance on the climb today. Forgive my ignorance but it seems he was behind Rubiera for about 15 seconds and then went off on his own. How important is it to have a teammate with you on the start of a climb? I can understand team strategy on flat stages fairly well but not too well on the climbing stages
re: newbie "team" questiomBruno S
Jul 17, 2001 9:16 PM
A good example of a team supporting the leader was Telekom. They were in front all the time setting the pace. Ulrich stayed just behind his team never pulling. At the begining of L'Alpe d'Huez Rubieras attempt to help Armstrong look patetic. At least from I saw in OLN. The guy lasted in front of Lance for about 20 sec. and moving all over the place. Soon after Armstrong attacked. By then, I believe, Ullrich didn't have any team member with him since they had been dropped.

But to answer your question, a team mate in the mountains more than for drafting is there for moral support and to carry food and water. I recently read an article about how during a critical mountain stage in the 2000 tour 2000 a US Postal domestique had to actually turn around, descend to the team car, get water and bring it back up to Lance.
re: newbie "team" questiomLC
Jul 17, 2001 9:43 PM
You have to remember that even though OLN does a great 2 hour coverage, the race was over 6 hours long and certain things need to be left out. No one could have possible stayed with Lance on the last moutain anyway. Yes, Lance used Telecom a lot for that stage, but what happens if Telecom does not want to pull in the next mountain stage? Once Lance is wearing the Yellow Jersey, his teammates will have to really earn their pay.
Rubiera's rolemr_spin
Jul 18, 2001 8:43 AM
His role at the end was to rip a hole in the peloton. That he did. His attack was vicious and brutal and set up Lance to sprint off the front. The aerial shots told the story - only four guys were left: Lance, Jan, Rubiera, and Kivilev. And then there was one.

All during the previous 6 hours of racing, his role was bringing up water bottles for Lance and Heras.