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Now that the TTT is over...(8 posts)

Now that the TTT is over...Ron B.
Jul 12, 2001 9:53 AM
and the results are in who thinks that USPS waiting for Heras and Vandervelde was a good move?

Overall I don't think it will keep Lance from winning the Tour especially since USPS still put time on Telekom, but I am still wondering why they waited.

My guess is that they just wanted to stay in front of Telekom and Jan Ullrich but didn't want to defend the yellow jersey unless that was the only way to keep Lance ahead of Jan. I guess it also shows good team unity which could help in the end as well.

The TTT today should really help Bobby Julich and his quest for another podium spot. His form looks better than most thought going into the tour and how he has a good time advantage on the rest of the GC field. At this point I could possibly see him on the podium, though I would guess it would be a 3rd place finish.

Any other thoughts?
re: Now that the TTT is over...TommyBoy
Jul 12, 2001 9:55 AM
They need Heras! If he would have dropped back too far, USPS might have suffered a time penalty, and they ceratinly cannot drop him.
not with only 18km to goSpyder Ryder
Jul 12, 2001 10:05 AM
Heras and Vande Velde are strong enough riders to post a decent time. Plus the team is not penalized, if the come in 25% behind the leading teams time they get dropped out of the tour, the team does not get penalized, but they are down 2 riders so they are weaker
re: Now that the TTT is over...Andrew
Jul 12, 2001 10:36 AM
According to Eurosport's live text reporting they waited up because Haras is very important to the team in the mountain stages and that is the reason they waited. I don't think the wait will hurt Lance too much since he still gained time on Jan. Imagine what kind of a time USPS could have had if they hadn't had that crash.

Andrew
I forgot to mentionAndrew
Jul 12, 2001 11:46 AM
I forgot to mention that Lance showed a great sense of leadership in his decision to wait up today. He showed Haras and CVV that they were important to the team and that he has faith in them. This is sure to give them an incentive to work even harder for Lance as he chases the yellow jersey. I think he will gain more than he lost as a result of his actions today.

JMO,
Andrew
Good movemr_spin
Jul 12, 2001 10:44 AM
Heras is highly placed on GC. He's even ahead of Ullrich. USPS also has Pena in front of Ullrich as well. That makes these guys very dangerous weapons for USPS. Heras or Pena can now shoot off the front in a break and Telekom has no choice but to respond. So you don't leave him behind to lose time. Vandevelde is a powerful TT guy, so he is still useful to have around.
oops!mr_spin
Jul 12, 2001 11:33 AM
Heras is actually behind Ullrich by 14 seconds. Even more reason not to leave him behind.
re: Now that the TTT is over...TJeanloz
Jul 12, 2001 10:57 AM
There's a really good reason they waited for Christian, he's the 'captain' of the TTT squad. It's his responsibility to maintain rhythem and cadence through the team, to bark orders to speed up, slow down or otherwise keep the team in line. His absence last year was a big part of the reason that the Postal TTT didn't go as well as it could have. Though he's young, Christian has more TTT experience than the rest of the team- I believe including a world cup win in the team pursuit a few years ago. Dropping him would have been a huge mistake.