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Strategy?:(3 posts)

Jul 14, 2002 11:03 AM
I'm curious. I know there are a lot of racers out there, and I'm just an occasional Sunday rider, so I thought you might be able to provide some insight.

The current situation: Lance is 34 seconds down. He is clearly the best time trialist among the leaders. But his greatest strength is in the mountains, which don't start until Thursday.

So: Does he go all out tomorrow, and take the yellow, thus telling del Galdeano (and everyone else) that this is his Tour and he WILL win it? Or, does make up all but a few seconds, leaving ONCE to work themselves hard for a few more days (while they wonder what US Postal has in mind) defending the lead? Is there a possibility that pursuing the second strategy might backfire, giving del Galdeano and the ONCE's confidence?

[Disclaimer: On the OLN website, Chirs Carmichael says that Lance wants to be in yellow tomorrow night.)

Comments would be appreciated.
There is no strategy...Wayne
Jul 15, 2002 4:19 AM
you always go all out in a TT (and prologue) if you're a GC contender. You never, ever give time away to potential rivals if you can help it and you know for certain there are going to be time differences in the TT. Think about it, how big of an idiot would you lool like, if after the 3rd time check when your whipping your main rival by 1' you back off, and only beat him by 15", and then end up losing the tour by a handful of seconds. You just don't do it. You don't know how well you or your rivals will climb when the mountains come.
The only strategymr_spin
Jul 15, 2002 7:37 AM
You take time whenever you can, because you never know what is coming tomorrow. Lance could not have imagined he would lose 26 seconds in the last 4K of a "flat" stage, but he did. In the Time Trial, you never "plan" on losing time. You go all out and hope for the best