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What was that?!?!?!? (spoiler)(8 posts)

What was that?!?!?!? (spoiler)mlbd
Jul 19, 2002 8:18 AM
Why did they call off Heras? It sounds like he dropped Beloki easily and was closing on Armstrong. Lance and the USPS team directors should have let Heras try to take the stage--it would be pay back for all his work yesterday and today. If the really wanted the time bonus for Armstrong (which I don't think he needs with a 2+ min lead), they should have at least let Heras come in with Armstrong. It would have been a nice gesture. my $.02
re: What was that?!?!?!? (spoiler)rufus
Jul 19, 2002 8:26 AM
he wasn't closing the gap to armstrong, in fact he was starting to lose time, and was serving as a carrot to spur beloki on and try to catch back up to him, thereby bringing beloki back closer to lance. so the decision was made for him to abandon the effort and just mark beloki.
re: What was that?!?!?!? (spoiler)Slowclimber
Jul 19, 2002 8:27 AM
Because Heras couldn't drop Beloki. At first it looked like he would drop him and put about 13" on Beloki.

But then Beloki started to slowly reel him back in and Lance was only about 25" up the road at that time. In effect Heras was pacing Beloki back up to Lance. When the time gap between Beloki and Heras had droped back to 10" they made the call.

I think they really wanted to give Heras the win today, but since he couldn't shake Beloki they told him to sit up and told Lance to take off.

Heras did take a 2nd today and overall I think it turned out as well as it could given the circumstances.
I wasn't able to watch itMel Erickson
Jul 19, 2002 8:30 AM
but from what I read on the net he wasn't called off. He tried to close the gap on Lance, and Lance waited a bit, but he couldn't do it. He moved a little ahead of Beloki, didn't read like he "easily" did this, nor did he drop him. Besides, there's more than the stage time bonus at stake. Lance needs to put as much time on Beloki (and others) as he can. Too many things can happen (mechanical failures, crash, injury, illness, bad day) to risk not maximizing the gap. I don't think Heras could bridge and when he realized it he simply dropped back, shadowed Beloki, saved what little energy he had left, and took second at the end. A "nice gesture" would be to let Heras take a stage when no rival was near. That hasn't been the case and Lance can't risk that type of gesture.
That was Phil and Paul's reading as well.Sintesi
Jul 19, 2002 9:41 AM
That's what they were surmising during the live broadcast.

BTW Mel, Heras is now 5 minutes away from the podium. I might be eating crow in a few stages. : )
He looks capableMel Erickson
Jul 19, 2002 10:04 AM
but needs to put some more serious hurt on Galdeano et al. Picking up a few seconds each mountain stage isn't gonna do it. He needs several minutes. How bad did Galdeano beat him in the TT? It's possible but he has to kick more ass on the remaining mountain stages.
6 minutes over approx. 60km.Sintesi
Jul 19, 2002 10:48 AM
But then I suspect Heras wasn't trying too hard on that one. The Stage 19 TT is only 10k with a Cat 3 climb in the beginning, pretty much descending hilly stuff after that. I reckon Heras can keep real close on that TT.

Galdeano and Botero will have to crack tho.
6 minutes over approx. 60km.atpjunkie
Jul 19, 2002 11:50 AM
Heras crashed on that one, just slightly. Heras will make more time on Ventoux. RE: today
after Heras failed to bridge and became the carrot, Johann called Lance who proceeded to put another 45 seconds on in 2K. Heras marked JB and took the 2nd. There is no way either could catch an attacking Lance but Lance was waiting for Roberto and had to go.