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After todays time trial...(spoiler)(10 posts)

After todays time trial...(spoiler)Ron B
Jul 27, 2002 7:29 AM
Who thinks Armstrong went all out during the first time trial?

During coverage today they were talking about him holding back during the first time trial and during the team time trial as well.

After hearing his heart rate numbers I kind of thought he held back, but you never know. After today I doubt you could convince me that he didn't hold back during the ITT but not sure about the TTT.
re: After todays time trial...Len J
Jul 27, 2002 7:39 AM
I agree, It's going to be hard for anyone to quote the "You never give up time to an opponent" line.

He was so sure he was stronger in the mountains that he could afford to not winn yellow too early.

Len
Brilliant team strategy...DeRanger
Jul 27, 2002 8:21 AM
...by making ONCE spend several stages defending Igor's yellow jersey - all the Posties had to do was keep in contact with Beloki and force ONCE to cover the attacks. There was no need to keep and hold the yellow with the mountains ahead, leaving a bunch of fresh USPS legs.

DeR
re: I wonder if Rumsas could have beaten himcyclopathic
Jul 27, 2002 9:39 AM
Lance lost weight for this year so no wonder his TT isn't as good. Besides he made a mistake using disk rear in first TT it was windy and it cost him.
Didn't anyone see Rumsas's handlebars???longfellow68
Jul 27, 2002 12:55 PM
They freaking slipped down close to the end of the TT.
I watched the re-run at 3pm and Phil and Paul didn't even mention it. I was like holy cow..wake up....
Damn, he might have been able to take Armstrong.
He couldn't put his arms on the armrest...
yea I saw it tooColorado Ron
Jul 27, 2002 2:17 PM
not sure it made a difference in the outcome though. Man that has to be a bad feeling to be riding such a good TT and have an equipment problem. Rumsas looks like he's the real thing. I would have like to see him pass Beloki in the standings
Yea but...cyclejim
Jul 27, 2002 7:59 PM
It's pretty hard to say exactly how much time he might have gained given no "problems" with his bars, but seeing as how it happened near the end of the time trial and taking into account the splits (Lance was already on a better time before Rumsas problems) I think it quite doubtful he could have reversed what was it 50 seconds or so in the last 5k?
That and...Leisure
Jul 27, 2002 10:26 PM
Lance was likely taking it easy early before measuring-out how hard he'd have to push; he had to make up 17 seconds before creating the lead that he did.
actually nocyclopathic
Jul 28, 2002 7:26 AM
it happened midpoint and he was ahead of Lance time on first 2 splits.

Here is the press release, don't take my words:

Over the rise, Raimondas had a lead of 17-seconds on Lance. By the time he arrived at the 33km split, he had dropped behind by seven-seconds. The Lithuanian wrestled his bike with such vigor that the bolts on his bars lost grip. And he rode the final 40 kilometers with a dodgy bike – and without the ability to pull on his bars for fear that the might move more and cause a fall.
40K with bar problemsWalter
Jul 28, 2002 4:35 AM
According to the interview with CyclingNews Rumsas had problems with his bars as soon as he descended the opening climb. He even tried to tighten them during the TT. By the time he was done riding the CF threads were stripped. I won't speculate on whether he ould have won the TT or not but I'm sure he'd like another shot.

This isn't the only problemwith bars this Tour. Maybe CF isn't the best for bars.