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How is Lance Doing?Mauceri
Jul 8, 2003 11:17 AM
I think he currently in 12th. Is this normal for him? How are his chances for coming back or is it too early to say?

Sorry, new to cycling (love it) and I am ignorant as to the strategy Lance might be trying to follow. OR whether Lance is far behind.

He'll make his move in serious mountains ...Humma Hah
Jul 8, 2003 11:33 AM
He's only a couple of tens of seconds back from the overall leader. He usually wins by something like 6 minutes, and never leads until they get into killer climbing.

He was slightly injured in a crash Sunday, and is recovering from a swollen back, if I recall the reports. He says he's getting better.
You're not ignorant ...sacheson
Jul 8, 2003 11:46 AM
... you're naive. I learned that the one time I called my wife ignorant! ;-)

It's a 3 week race, and requires the GC (general classification) condenders to be patient until the "important" stages come. Those are the summit finish climbing days, and the longer time trial events.

The real "meat" of the Tour hasn't even happened yet. These early flat stages allow the sprinters to show their stuff. Look for the real excitement to hit about Stage 8 (I think).

Now, if you're posting something similar to this come about July 23rd, then we'll have something to discuss! and have stage profiles so you can see what days will be the most interesting.
He's in good shapejptaylorsg
Jul 8, 2003 12:40 PM
At this point in the Tour, Lance wanted to have accomplished 2 things: Good team placement overall to get a good start position in tomorrow's team time trial - which Postal has done, they're the leading team, I think; and to avoid catastrophe, which he barely did in the Stage 1 crash (Sorry Levi and Tyler!).
IMHO, this will be a close tour, with Lance, Ullrich and Simoni the top contenders. Lance will put time on Ullrich in the mountains and probably give a little back in the individual trials. He'll put time on Simoni in the trials and maybe give some back in the mountains (though I'm not convinced he can't climb with him). Beloki might contend as well, but I see it going to Lance, barring catastrophe. For now, pick a sprinter (Zabel, for instance) and root for him to get stage wins