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L'Alp D'Huez : Repeat of 2002 "La Mongie" Stage?(5 posts)

L'Alp D'Huez : Repeat of 2002 "La Mongie" Stage?Coot72
Jul 12, 2003 8:50 AM
It's time to place your bets for tomorrow's big stage to L'Alp D'Huez (not only one of the hardest climbs but also one of the hardest to type).

My prediction is that US Postal will try to use the team like they did in the La Mongie stage last year, where they shredded the field down to Beloki.

What's your prediction? (The winner will not win a fancy carbon bike, but you certainly will win some kudos!)

Coot
Oops. Sorry for the redundant post! NM (see thread below)Coot72
Jul 12, 2003 8:52 AM
Isn't that what they do everytime?Dwayne Barry
Jul 12, 2003 9:08 AM
It's been years since Armstrong has attacked before the final climb. Just ride the Postal train until somebody else attacks, who is too big a threat and Armstrong responds, or Armstrong himself decides to go.
Yes, it is.......lanterne rouge
Jul 12, 2003 10:16 AM
.........and ONCE sits right behind the Postal train everytime too, and it looks this year as though Bianchi will sit right behind ONCE. When you look for Lance in the peleton you see Beloki and Ullrich riding within arms distance of him, also getting a ride on the Blue Train. I think all of the above exhibit good tactical sense, and it only underscores the strength of the Postal team. Virenque put in one heck of a ride today. Although the break was favored by an untimely train crossing, he deserved to win today. I think, ultimately, he may pay for the effort he put forth in today's stage. He looked like he was giving it all he had. Postal was very impressive today, basically riding tempo even through the attacks and still kept the gap respectable. I have a feeling (along with everyone else)tomorrows stage will be one for the books. My predictions are quite predictable, Armstrong wins with the help of Heras over Beloki with Ullrich losing about a minute.
re: L'Alp D'Huez : Repeat of 2002 "La Mongie" Stage?Old_school_nik
Jul 12, 2003 9:49 AM
conventional wisdom:

Lance
Beloki
Heras
Jan
Jan Ripple
Garzelli
Mayo