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Does anyone think that...I Love Shimano
Jul 9, 2002 7:03 PM
....Laurent jalabert can win the TdF this year?

he can TT, and he can climb (KOM last year).
re: Does anyone think that...pegoretti
Jul 9, 2002 11:05 PM
Very unlikely. I'll be the first to admit, I thought Jalabert was a wash up before last years wrong I was. In the past he has suffererd allergies in the height of the summer period. It seems he has that under control. However, he still has a dislike for the heat, high mountains (last year most of his mountain points were taken on the climbs at the beginning of the day), nor does he have the explosiveness to drop Armstrong on any climb (I'm not an Armstrongite. In fact to tell the truth, while I accept the fact he is a great rider, I can't stand him. Not for any real reson, other than I support Arsenal FC and not Manchester United. I know, most of you are from the USA!! Point is I rather see Igor G. de Galdeano win.

Lance'll take his 4th!!!!!
Right, he can't climb...TJeanloz
Jul 10, 2002 4:07 AM
Winning the KOM doesn't really mean that you can hang with the big boys on the big climbs- where a lot of time can be lost. You can pick up a lot of points on the small, opportunistic climbs, while completely blowing it on the HC climbs. FWIW I don't believe Pantani ever won a KOM title.
I'm with you...Wayne
Jul 10, 2002 7:32 AM
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano all the way, but ONCE put minutes into Armstrong last at the TTT and only a handful of seconds this year, so it doesn't bode well for them! (BTW, I'd never bet against Armstrong, barring an accident I think he's almost guaranteed his 4th victory).
re: Does anyone think that...Wayne
Jul 10, 2002 7:33 AM
I think Jalabert got most of his points by being in a day-long break over several big mountains last year not by out climbing anyone, other than his breakaway companions.
re: Does anyone think that...mr_spin
Jul 10, 2002 7:54 AM
His big score was stage 13, where he bagged four cat 1 mountains, got 2nd on the first cat 2, and 4th on the final HC climb. He spent most of the day in a solo break, and even crashed at one point, as did Ullrich.

It also helped that he got a lot of KOM points on stage 7, which went through the Vosges mountains. He also won that stage, on Bastille Day.

On stage 10 to L'Alpe d'Huez, he stayed with the big boys until the final climb. He was 4th over the Madeleine (HC) and 3rd over the Glandon (HC). Lots of points there.
No way . LA's strength is recognizing then...Djudd
Jul 10, 2002 7:43 AM
neutralizing his strongest competitors. If Jalabert looks like he has strength Armstrong will seek him out on crucial stages and dog him into making a move.