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why doesn't Lance ride in the Vueltawink
Sep 26, 2002 10:49 AM
Maybe I am stupid or maybe I just missed something. Why doesn't LA ride in the Vuelta? But the real question is Why would Haras be LA "lackie" in next years TDF?
re: why doesn't Lance ride in the Vueltaflying
Sep 26, 2002 11:17 AM
The answer to both of your questions right here ---> $$$$
re: why doesn't Lance ride in the Vueltaatpjunkie
Sep 26, 2002 12:38 PM
1) You can't maintain form for that long and burnout is a cyclists #1 enemy

2) It gives your top Lieutenant (Heras) a chance to shine
especially in his home country

3) you want to spend some time home with your family and promote cycling in the US by doing appearances in the SF and NYC GP

4) You just want to enjoy a beer and relax

look Heras isn't going to beat Lance in the TdF (yet) he still needs to get better at the TT (it's why he came to USPS to go under the tutelage of Lance) his TTing is better as is his clmbing 'spin'
Heras is in the perfect spot at this time. Top lieutenant to the best cyclist of the era and a GC contender and well paid to boot. Then again what would I know, I'm just the guy who predicted he'd be wearing 3 of the 4 jerseys today.
Motivation..El Caballito
Sep 29, 2002 10:14 AM
ATP you are right. But, Lance's presence would wake the living crap out of the rest of Posties. They were absent the whole vuelta. Heras literally won second on his own.

Considering Heras set Lance up on the big mountain stages in TdeF, the least Lance could've done would have been to return the favor. Lance is the first to admit the effort put forth by his teammates and their invaluable support. Heras had none of that.

I admire Lance a lot. Lance's presence from the vuelta might have cost Heras the gold jersey. Yet Heras needs to be acknowledged for almost winning the vuelta single handed with an "average" team.

United States Postal Service Team or United for Lance's Service?

Here's to Roberto Heras!

Just my 2 cents.
Sep 29, 2002 12:24 PM
I agree with you El Cab. The USPS team was weaker than 8 cups of water!! If only Lance was there to lead heras out on the mountains.........
Sep 30, 2002 7:03 PM
wouldn't have helped. Heras lost 3+ minutes in the finall TT (25 miles) which just adds to my point. He lost 1 minute plus on one early (Sierra ) climb and even then Aitor would have taken him. Roberto needs to up his power for TT's but as a pure climber that may be out of his reach.