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cause for worry?esbike
Jul 9, 2003 8:47 PM
Not to sound like a downer after the great TTT result for USPS, but interesting to read the different reactions between Lance and George. Did Lance do more work?:

George had tremendous legs today...he was unbelievably strong," team director Dirk DeMol told Cyclingnews.
Hincapie, the delighted two time US champ confirmed his ride for CN today, saying "It was a fantastic day today...I've waited four years for this one! I had amazing legs today...I was recovering so fast after I hit the front."

"Some days when you win, you get to the finish line and say, ‘Sh*t, that was easy.' Today was not one of those days," said Armstrong. "It was a full effort for everybody. In the end, we were intending to take long pulls. But we were taking these 10-second pulls - we were empty."

"In the race, I did not feel so well. Not fluid. It was very difficult with a lot of headwind. The team time trial is a very, very difficult cycling discipline," the Texan said.
No need for worryspookyload
Jul 9, 2003 9:34 PM
George was just a little high from finally winning a tour stage. Lance on the other hand has won many, and is a little more level headed about the win.
Jul 10, 2003 12:25 AM
Lance is a great time trialer and I would think does best when he is able to dictate the tempo. In the case of the TTT, you are forced to adopt the pace/timing of a nine-man paceline. When someone who is "on", like George was yesterday, gets to the front the pace will increase. When a guy who is a little weaker at time trialing (like Roberto for instance) is at the front the pace slows (even if he is taking shorter turns). This will cause an accordian type effect which makes it harder for individuals to get into their rythm. In yesterday's TTT, Hincapie followed LA which means that LA was forced to ride hard after his turn while moving back to the end. This is a time when you can normally take a little break, but since George was so strong yesterday there was no break. Luckily George didn't have Heras in front of him because Roberto might have been unable to rejoin the line being driven by George and could have been shelled out early. Johan is a great manager.
Seems like an insightful analysis, thanks...n.m..koala
Jul 10, 2003 6:25 AM
There may be some gamesmanship involved tooLive Steam
Jul 10, 2003 7:43 AM
Lance is very calculated in what he says. I am sure he doesn't want the the field to know exactly how he and the rest of the teams feels. He also might not want to minimalize how hard a TTT is and as a result piss off the rest of the field. George on the other hand is not as, shall we say, savvy to this. One thing I am certain of is LA's words are always measured.