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Is there a reason why Lance(4 posts)

Is there a reason why Lancetaar44
Sep 11, 2002 4:08 PM
is not at the vuelta helping out heras by either pacing him or doing "domestique" duties for the team? Just curious.
He's tired.Sintesi
Sep 12, 2002 6:45 AM
He's also the big dog and doesn't have to do what he doesn't want to. After the tour it's all victory laps for Armstrong. Although LA did some pretty impresive work at the NY championships for USPS and he works hard for George at the SF grand prix.
re: Is there a reason why LanceLAIrish
Sep 12, 2002 11:32 PM
I think this was discussed a while back in a thread about whether Lance is "the greatest cyclist" but I couldn't find the thread. If I recall the consensus was that Lance figures he has little to gain, and a lot to lose, by riding in the other majors.

Rightly or wrongly, most of the world considers the TdF THE bicycle race. Although afficianados may know the Giro and Vuelta are the "other" majors, this doesn't enter the conciousness of most. Lance's sponsors want him to in the Tour, they don't care about the Vuelta or Giro. His fame comes from winning the tour, not the Vuelta or Giro. His money comes from winning the Tour, not the . . . well you get the point.

Riding the Vuelta wouldn't enhance Lance's rep among the general population, but it could tarnish it. Not winning in one of the "other" majors would provide ammunition to his critics. And, there is always the chance of an accident causing serious injury. How would Nike feel if Lance sustained an injury in the Vuelta which was sufficiently serious so he couldn't ride in next year's Tour?

I doubt Heras would ride harder for Lance in the Tour if Lance helped him in the Vuelta. I'm sure Heras, himself, would tell you that is a pro, that he does his best for his team in every race.

Moreover, I can imagine that Lance riding "for" Heras could cause some confusion, and even conflict, in the team. What would have been Lance's role in stage 5, where Heras dropped back? If Lance was still strong, would he have ridden out into the lead, or stayed back with Heras? And, if he rode into the lead, the team than has to decide whether to stay with Heras (who probably doesn't have as good a shot at winning as Lance), or abandon him in favor of Lance (which is directly contrary to the whole reason Lance was there in the first place). Indeed, as I think of it, Lance avoiding the Vuelta might be the best thing for Heras. In a sense, Lance is "letting" Heras have the USPS team for the Vuelta.

Note to flamers: I am not saying that Lance is "right" in not riding the Vuelta or Giro. I am only trying to summarize what I believe was the consensus understanding of the reasoning that led Lance not to ride in the other majors.
Well said. (nm)look271
Sep 14, 2002 1:37 PM