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Who's your pick for second?(9 posts)

Who's your pick for second?gregg
Jun 30, 2003 9:20 AM
Since about 85% of everyone (see quick poll on RBR homepage) believes Lance will claim his fifth in a row, who do you think will be second?

My personal pick is Beloki.

hamilton.bob roll says ullrich is going to challenge la 4 gc.nmwheelsucker
Jun 30, 2003 10:06 AM
Our favorite 2 time 3rd and 1 time 2nd....CharlesTT
Jun 30, 2003 1:32 PM
Beloki is looking stronger than ever. He has been putting out super time trials this year. If anyone can take LA on in the mountains, its 'Yosheeba' Beloki. My favorite for 2nd, or 1st possibly, is Beloki. Maybe Ullrich will be on form enough, but i am kinda believing him when he says he will do his best in the 2004 TDF. Tyler is a possibility but, this year if you look at it, when he was on form during the tour of romandie, he was still loosing some time to guys in the mountains, he will loose more to lance and Beloki.

AG is out the of picture for sure, he is not consistant in the time trials- this years Giro. And he just cant stay on in the mountains anymore.

I think this Tour will be much different than last year though. I could see LA not winning a single stage but still winning yellow. We'll see.......Moreau is back...Ibanesto.....who is this Sylvain Chavanal guy?
Chavenal has been...Dwayne Barry
Jun 30, 2003 3:35 PM
one the French hopes for a year or two now, but i'd be really surprised if he did anything. The best he could hope for is a stage win from a breakaway.
My top four picks are.......lanterne rouge
Jun 30, 2003 7:50 PM
Armstrong, Beloki, Ullrich, Simoni. Rounding out the top ten would be Hamilton, Garzelli, Mancebo, Leipheimer, Caucchioli, and Totschnig. With Mayo, and the someone from the Telekom three musketeers........Botero, Vinokourov or Savoldelli just outside the top ten. Let's see how close we get, that's the part that is most fun. :)
Jul 1, 2003 6:28 AM
I'm sure he'll crack, as he usually does, but if Botero can figure out his conditioning, he can easily improve on his 4th place last year.

Beloki gets third.
re: Who's your pick for second?Julie C
Jul 1, 2003 12:22 PM
I think Simoni is a major contender. He was in really great form during the Giro.
re: Who's your pick for second?CritLover
Jul 1, 2003 6:18 PM
I'd like to see Simoni on the podium. And Mayo in third- that would be awesome. What about Millar and Heras? Top ten'ers?
Jul 5, 2003 1:23 AM
He's been on the podium 3 times in the last 3 years plus his team, along with USPS, is strong and dedicated to him.

After that, a bit of a toss up. I'll go with Ullrich as he's been looking okay despite the long layoff. His team's not great so it will be quite different than the Telekom years.

If Jan doesn't come through, Simoni who will need to make time up on the climbs as he's nowhere near the time trialist that Armstrong, Beloki, Ullrich, Hamilton, Botero, etc. plus they'll lose time in the TTT.

Hamilton I think has raced quite aggressively and frequently this year so it's hard to gauge. I'd like to see him podium and the team is strong but has he done too much too early?

Leipheimer, I haven't seen much of him this year and in the last year's Tour and Vuelta, he didn't exactly show himself. Needs to get more aggressive but the team's good so.....

Botero, the x man. I haven't seen him race at all this year but then again, it's been like that for all the previous years. Take the odds and put your money down as he's a good bet on the spread plus the team's a strong one.

Iban Mayo will be on the podium, next year when he signs with another team. Will lose much time in the TTT and probably one year away from the big time in 3 week stage races.

Sylvain Chavanel is a rider for the future but both he and the team are young so not this year.

Ivan Basso's got a good team and could be ready for the top 5 this year.

Mancebo and Mercado are both capable of doing well but no podium given the likely poor result in the TTT.

Robert Millar and Aitor Gonzalez- Neither have shown that they can climb with the best in the high mountain passes. Millar's getting better but I think Aitor's maxxed out his potential. Neither on the podium.

Green Jersey- McEwen although a side bet on the old but fast dog Zabel is worth a look. Freire is a personal favorite but he's my Halloween man, trick or treat.

Polka Dot Jersey- Mercado or Mayo. Heras would be my hands down choice but he's got team responsibilities and won't have the liberty to be able to go for the points.

White Jersey- I've never gotten close on this one so we shall see.