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so many late mountain stages: what a dumb move...(5 posts)

so many late mountain stages: what a dumb move...Djudd
Jul 11, 2002 10:07 AM
J.M. or whoever is responsible for the really late mountain stages ruined the early stages. Today's non-chase of the standard breakaway is IMO the teams reserving for those late mountains. This is not the Vuelta which comes late, late in the season. I like to see the early breaks and the rider make a show of it but most of them need to be chased down and put to heel. The peloton can't do it if they are worried about late mountains.
Lotto and Telekom should chase it down...Wayne
Jul 11, 2002 10:09 AM
there isn't any point in them saving anything for the mountains and they got the top two sprinters. They just got it wrong today.
re: so many late mountain stages: what a dumb move...t-bill
Jul 11, 2002 12:08 PM
I think this was intended to prevent an anti-climactic last week of the race. The last two years LA built up a lead in the mountains, and since no one was able to make up enough time on the flats in the last week to catch him, the race was effectively over after two weeks.
Lessen the days in the saddle or shorten...Djudd
Jul 11, 2002 12:21 PM
the stages, this would be more effective, in my view, than piling mountain stages in the last week.
Jul 11, 2002 1:26 PM
I don't think that would accomplish the same thing. It is supposed to be a torturous 3 week test of endurance, so few racing days would not be an option. Shorter stages also would not be of much help. LA, and mos tof the ohter repeat winners have been those folks who can torch the other riders in the mountains as well as in the TT's. The flat stages rarely gain anyone (of significance) any time - everyone crosses the line with the same time. Those stages only end up counting toward winning green jersey points.