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Don't look now (TT Spoiler)..(12 posts)

Don't look now (TT Spoiler)..Wayne
Sep 16, 2002 6:46 AM
but Sevilla is riding a good TT and very well may hold onto his lead. So how do you lose 15 lbs and improve your TTing over a pretty flat course at the same time?
re: Don't look now (TT Spoiler)..Sintesi
Sep 16, 2002 6:50 AM
Who the hell is Aitor Gonzalez? Guy is stepping up.
Already stepped up at...Wayne
Sep 16, 2002 6:53 AM
the Giro this year. He won a road stage (uphill sprint) and then took out the final time trial, I think he finished 6th overall. Hell of a time to be on the market shopping for a new team!
Already stepped up at...Sintesi
Sep 16, 2002 7:34 AM
Aitor is new to me, I haven't been watching this year since I lost OLN.

Another Kelme bargain. That team just cranks 'em out. Low pay/outstanding climbers year in year out. Don't know how they do it but they got the formula.
Looking like the strongest team as well...Wayne
Sep 16, 2002 8:08 AM
so shouldn't have too much difficulty defending the lead. Both Sevilla and Heras rode surprising TT's, Beloki did enough to remain in contention. I wonder if Sevilla will crack severely before the end, I don't know how you can lose so much weight in such a short time and still have the stamina to race hard for three weeks. My guess is this is far from over, and we'll see some of those guys at the top lose big time, and some of those climbers hanging outside of the top 10 ride themselves back into the GC picture.
Now back to the hills, the Vuelta starts in earnest!! NMSpunout
Sep 16, 2002 9:30 AM
re: Don't look now (TT Spoiler)..flying
Sep 16, 2002 4:25 PM
So how do you lose 15 lbs and improve your TTing over a pretty flat course at the same time?

I give up how? ;-)
I sure would love to know.
I know at least one way of doing it...Wayne
Sep 17, 2002 5:14 AM
but I don't wish to soil anyone's reputation, short of some concrete evidence. It just goes against conventional wisdom to lose so much weight so fast but improve (apparently) absolute sustainable power. Sure it wouldn't be surprising if his power/weight was better and his climbing improved but to maintain or improve TTing at the same time is definitely surprising. Oh well, I'll just accept it for what it is, he's certainly shown he has the climbing class in the past maybe he's just developing as a more complete rider.
Oh please! Nothing like a good innuendo...mr_spin
Sep 17, 2002 6:05 AM
All we know is that he lost 15 pounds since the Tour. We don't know if he also put on 15 pounds before the Tour, and now he's back to normal. He didn't do so well in the Tour if you remember. And he wasn't doing well and not being paid before the Tour.
Sep 17, 2002 6:22 AM
he's definitely leaner than he has been in the past. I think it was obvious what my innuendo was, I don't know how such a thought wouldn't cross someone's mind who's followed cycling for the last few years (just think Rumsus or VdB). Off course there are other possibilities as well, so, like I said I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's clean. What makes it cross my mind isn't the disparity between his tour performance (which he dropped out of because of illness) and vuelta performance, it's that he's significantly leaner than in the past but TTing like never before. Then again, it wouldn't be the first time the being in the GC hunt has lifted a riders performance. Pantani, Simoni, Casagrande have all put in TT performances when in the GC hunt that were well above any other results they ever achieved in the discpline.
They're all on the juice. Must have a new team doctor. nmSpunout
Sep 17, 2002 6:38 AM
Easy, easy,...Wayne
Sep 17, 2002 9:09 AM
you're going to get that 14 year-old all worked up and he might respond. No matter where you fall on the "they're all doped" to "it's a clean sport" continuum, nobody wants that!