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Lance to pass up Tour of SpainFred2001
Aug 1, 2001 9:19 AM
As much as I would like Lance to do the Tour of Spain, my bet is that he will pass it up. He is already scheduled to do the SF Grand Prix in San Francisco on the 9th and that would preclude him from being in Spain on the 8th for the start.

I know he could always cancel the Grand Prix, however, I think there would be a strong pull for the 3 time tour champion to come to the town of one of his major sponsors (Thomas Weisel Partners) and make an appearence.

Just my thoughts, Jon
re: Lance to pass up Tour of Spain/I'd have to say you're right!TC
Aug 1, 2001 10:15 AM
Something tells me that your right. Last year with the Olympics he extended his season well longer than he wanted to. I see him cutting it short this year and not doing the Vuelta. Heras is going to have a hard time repeating this year I think. He had a good team last year and they could set some serious tempo on the climbs. I don't see USPS being able to do that w/o Lance. If LA doesn't help him, there could be some discord among the US contingent and the Spanish.

TC
re: Lance to pass up Tour of Spain/I'd have to say you're right!Postal Fan
Aug 16, 2001 7:34 AM
I don't think this is a good move on Lance's part. Heras was a strong link/asset for Lance in the mountain stages. And he did say that he would pay him back. But then again there is politics involved with his sponsor being in San Fran. More of a political move than a cycling move. I do think it will be great for cycling in the U.S. to have our cycling hero doing a race on home soil I just think Heras is getting a raw deal and this may cause trouble for a strong Postal team.
you're right nmsp
Aug 23, 2001 5:38 PM
re: Lance to pass up Tour of SpainOnly300
Aug 1, 2001 10:23 AM
Your right Jon, that's probably why Lance is skipping the Vuelta. I understand that sponsors are important, but I'm sure there are hundreds of sponsors who would easily take Thomas Weisel Partners spot. I wish Lance would ride the Vuelta in support of Roberto Heras, who helped Lance out considerably in the TdF. Lance has his reasons but his help would have been great for Heras.

Happy riding!
re: Lance to pass up Tour of SpainCLyde
Aug 1, 2001 11:27 AM
Throughout the Tour coverage on OLN and elsewhere in print they said that the agreement for Heras to join the Posties and support Lance, was for Lance to return the favor in Spain..you read something contradicting this or just that he is listed in the SF race?
re: Lance to pass up Tour of SpainFred2001
Aug 1, 2001 12:44 PM
I think a lot of those comments were that Lance "may" ride in support of Heras, and it looks like with all his "not sure, lets see" talk that he may just be putting off saying no.

While Heras is a fine rider, USPS revolves around Lance and I can't see him saying he would certainly ride in Spain so far in advance of the Tour. I can see USPS dangling it in front of Heras to move the negotiations along during the move from Kelme.

The nice thing for Heras is that USPS can put together a strong support team, even without Lance for Spain.
C'mon Lance, do the right thing.Largo
Aug 1, 2001 7:02 PM
Lance Armstrong has said that he may ride the Vuelta España (Tour of Spain) in support of teammate and last year's winner, Roberto Heras, if the Spaniard helps him win win three straight Tours de France.

Speaking to Darren Tulett of Bloomberg News at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Armstrong said "If Roberto does the job that we all think he will do, then I believe that should be paid back."

"I don't want to get myself in a corner here, where I'm fully committed to doing the Vuelta, but I believe in returning favors. "

This is from the april 13/01 cyclingnews.com report.
To me it sounds like that if Heras helped him win a 3rd TDF (he did) then he would help him try to win another Vuelta.
Maybe resting for Worlds??spookyload
Aug 5, 2001 1:24 AM
What better punctuation mark could he put on this year than a strong World Championships. By winning the road race he would put himself in the elite of elite catagories in bike racing history. I don't think riding the vuelta is the right training for that. Another major tour would make 3 in a row if you count the Tour of Switzerland. Rest and recovery are as improtant as training. As for his sponsors, I don't know a single sponsor including USPS that wouldn't rather see him wearing a rainbow jersey instead of his team colors. Every camera in the world follows the rainbow jersey all year long.
Maybe resting for Worlds??kristo88
Aug 15, 2001 11:46 AM
Worlds has lost its favour already. Big names avoid it all the time. Look at the start list and podium finishers of last year's world pls.