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TDF questions...tronracer
Jul 19, 2002 10:14 AM
I forget where I heard, but didn't they rig the tdf against Armstrong? Like putting the mountain stages toward the end? What is that supposed to do? And what is this Lance vs. the world thing? Did they always do that? Eddy vs. the world. Greg vs. the world. If not why is Lance different?
Jul 19, 2002 10:39 AM
If they truly wanted to rig it, they would have no time trials and no mountain stages. I guarantee he would not win, then.

If they were so dead set against Lance, maybe they would not even invite him. They don't have to (they make their own rules).

To the contrary to what you might think, I believe that they believe that Lance is good for the Tour. The anticipation of having records broken and repeat performances is pretty interesting. Besides, Lance learned to speak French.

Well, not rigged, but....tronracer
Jul 19, 2002 10:47 AM
I'm not imagining this. I heard it somewhere that the French were pissed that an American was beating them at their own race. And the French are well known for hating Americans. Anyone else hear the same thing?
it could be a Spaniard, Italian, or whatever, though nmDougSloan
Jul 19, 2002 10:53 AM
Top French rider is 11th, ban everyone? nmBrooks
Jul 19, 2002 1:42 PM
how they rigged it...mr_spin
Jul 19, 2002 10:56 AM
They got tired of Lance getting six minutes on the nearest guy by the middle of the race, which supposedly makes it less interesting to watch. They seem to treat the course as a zero sum game, i.e, we need X number of flat stages and Y number of mountain stages and it's just a matter of where we put them. Their only option was to make the last week harder, whereas usually there were two or three flat stages. We'll have to wait and see the effect, but that last week is definitely a killer.

Lance still wins by 10 minutes. It's not the course, Jean-Marie, it's the players!
re: TDF questions...NPA
Jul 19, 2002 11:32 AM
it's like the Masters lengthening the course to make it harder on Tiger.....uh, isn't he the longest hitter on the tour? more climbing = more advantage for Lance.
re: TDF questions...atpjunkie
Jul 19, 2002 7:03 PM
They hoped that some flyers could put time on LA early, and that he'd suffer trying to catch up. Yes, all flat noTT tour is the only way to work against Lance and that won't happen in his career. It also like the other post said, "keeps it close" longer and closer to the end. Unfortunately they have to invite Lance as the returning /
defending Tour Champion. They've broken and bent a lot of rules but that one is pretty set in stone.
Yea the French hate us, and Texas more that every other American
(Think Lingirie in the South LawwwnJerRaay) and they have to be seething.