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Time to float some rumors...mr_spin
Sep 24, 2002 7:49 AM
Lance says he will do the World Championships next year in Canada. Does that mean he will also ride the Vuelta?
Sep 24, 2002 10:08 AM
Where did you see this? I only heard him say that he hadn't had a chance to look at the course yet but that it might be nice to contest the worlds in North America. So I'm guessing we'll see him there, as for the Vuelta, I doubt it. I just don't seeing him doing support for Heras for a whole Tour, if he goes it will be to win it. And assuming he gets five tour wins, he's going to need all the support in the world to reach the so far unattainable six. Beating Hears or pulling out early for dedicated worlds training won't win him over with the Spanish climbers he'll so desperately need.
Sep 24, 2002 10:50 AM
After the San Francisco race, Lance said "I haven't seen the road course, I hear it's a hard course. It would be nice to race the Worlds in North America." He won in 1993, so why not win again in 2003?

I'm not saying he would race the Vuelta to win, but would support Heras as everyone wants him to do and some feel he is obligated to do (not me). The Vuelta has become a race that many riders are now using as prep for the world's.
re: Time to float some rumors...atpjunkie
Sep 24, 2002 10:10 AM
absolutely not. He'll do the Tour, relax and then train for the worlds.
He chooses his races wisely, he'd be too burnt after the Tour to do the Vuelta and then train for the worlds. Ya gotta pick when to Peak for form so post TdF will be rest/ recover then into a build for Peak at worlds with a taper right before the competition (most likely during the Vuelta). He's not doing the worlds this year as it doesn't suit his riding style (most likely) as Zolder will be a sprinters race.
I'm sure he will be on World's at Canada just like he was at....Bruno
Sep 24, 2002 10:20 AM
the SFGP. He will compete with whatever form he has left after the tour. The 2000 olympics is another example. I don't think he will change his tour training so he can peak twice during the year.
re: Time to float some rumors...gregario
Sep 24, 2002 11:40 AM
good question, but I doubt it. I think I read the same thing and that his goal was the Tour and the Worlds. I doubt he'd ride the Vuelta for training, but what the hell do I know?

This is great news though because I'm planning on going to see the Worlds, I live in Michigan and it's not too far away.
re: LA and Olympicsatpjunkie
Sep 24, 2002 12:30 PM
L.A. was set to "re peak" for the Olympics but getting hit by a car threw his training out. Training for a one day is completely different than a tour so my guess is he'll train specifically for the worlds after the Tour. It's one of those feathers he'd like to add (again) to his list of victories. Between late July (TdF) and late October (worlds) is plenty of time and I don't think it will mess with his Tour Prep at all.
Worlds 2003 Olympics 2004Fred2000
Sep 24, 2002 12:27 PM
My guess is that Lance will be testing his training set up for a second peak late in the year. So next year it will be the TDF and the Worlds. Then for the final act in 2004 he will take No.6 TDF and a Gold at the olymipics.

His contract is thru 2004 and if he managed to do that he could retire a very happy man.
I absolutely agree NMatpjunkie
Sep 24, 2002 12:31 PM
Worlds 2003 Olympics 2004mr_spin
Sep 24, 2002 12:52 PM
Yeah, but some people will still say he sucks because he didn't race year round or win the Giro/Paris-Roubaix/Grenoble Six Day/Amsterdam Derny Race/etc.
you forgot cyclocross season as well.atpjunkie
Sep 24, 2002 7:51 PM
...6 Tours, 2 Worlds and an Olympic Gold (3rd World) and if he does it people will still question it. Always gotta be detractors I guess.