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is Lance overusing "The Look?"(6 posts)

is Lance overusing "The Look?"ET
Jul 19, 2002 10:16 AM
Every time he breaks away in the mountains he gives that long look back a la 2001 at Ullrich. It's not so dramatic anymore.
re: is Lance overusing "The Look?"brider
Jul 19, 2002 10:20 AM
You don't race much, do you.

Maybe just assessing the situation. I've done the same thing several times breaking away on a climb.
"The Look" was invented by the press...JSchneb
Jul 19, 2002 10:27 AM
Anyone who is about to launch an attack always "looks" at their opponent's faces to see what kind of condition they are in. You can "fake" suffering, but when you're suffering you can't fake feeling good.
It's called...Slowclimber
Jul 19, 2002 10:26 AM
Checking to see who is behind him.

He stated last year that he was looking around to see who was left behind him and who was a threat. I thought it was a stare down as well, but after seeing it several more times on T.V. you can see his head looking around like he is looking at a bunch of people to see where they are.

Today you could obviously see that he was looking to see where Beloki and Heras were.

It's only "The look" because people always wish to make more out of something than there really is.
re: is Lance overusing "The Look?"skyfallen
Jul 19, 2002 11:12 AM
He's not trying to be dramatic.

Have you ever climbed a mountain in a race? You look back to see where people are, and to see how much you're hurting them. I guarantee that there's nothing better when you're suffering through the middle of a climb than to look back and see that other people are suffering as much, if not more than you. It boosts your morale, and drives you to put the hammer down even harder (if appropriate).
re: is Lance overusing "The Look?"hatchetman
Jul 21, 2002 3:30 PM
I agree that "The Look" was an invention of the press. I see riders all the time while watching the TDF looking behind them while assessing what to do, especially right before a sprint or attack. It's not something that only LA does.