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I would love to see Tyler on the podium in Paris....(9 posts)

I would love to see Tyler on the podium in Paris....Dave Hickey
Jul 13, 2003 7:36 AM
Wouldn't it be great if Tyler get's a top three finish in the GC..
not impossibleMaRider
Jul 13, 2003 8:07 AM
Tyler has attacked several times today - albeit unsuccessfully. This may be a good indication that his collarbone is better.

I don't think Lance is really that vulnerable this year - he is simply being conservative, opening up gaps on Ullrich, keeping Beloki&Co at bay, while letting Mayo who was 3.5min behind go.

Now Ullrich who is a great TT threat is 2 min behind and Lance can focus on climbers like Mayo and Beloki. Still, someone like Tyler may present the greatest threat for Lance. If he limits his losses to Mayo (who may have overworked himself a bit today, just like Virenque did yesterday), Beloki and the rest of the climbers, he can surely count on two upcoming TT to put extra 2-3 minutes or even more than that. Tyler, however, can put up quite a fight in TT's and can probably reel in some of the climbers like Mayo or Beloki, if they are withing 2 minutes of his time.
... he's punk'd the peloton!Akirasho
Jul 13, 2003 8:42 AM
... I can see it now...

Hamilton and Riis look at the doctor who's looking at Tyler's X-Rays... "That could be called a fracture or two, right doc???"... "ummmm, yes, that's one interpretation".

I'm not saying he's not hurt... just not as much as we might have been led to believe... and the longer he goes... the more he heals!

Be the bike.
What about Mayo??PaulCL
Jul 13, 2003 9:21 AM
Is he for real?? Only down 1:10 on Lance. This guy can climb and he's a good TTer too. I wouldn't count him or Ullrich out quite yet.

I agree, Tyler is one tough SOB. Imagine where he'd be right now without a broken collarbone. Lance & finish on the podium - its close to reality. This TDF is the most competitive in years.
Lance finished?bjarne
Jul 13, 2003 11:11 AM
I don´t think Lance is going to win.
Today he was conservative, because he had to.
The other years he has punished, hís rivals, everytime they have tried something.
But today he was sitting behind Heras as much as possible, and when he was on his own,he didn´t attac at all.
The last 4 year, he attacted, the second he had brought someone back, so I see it as a sign of weakness.

Mayo isn´t gonna last, and will be happy with stagewins.

Vinokuorov got away because the others wasn´t working together.

Mancebo came back for the same reasson.

So I think it´s a battle between Beloki and Tyler, and while Beloki are going to last for sure, I think that Tyler has improved so much also in his TT, that he is going to win both TT, and that will be enough the yellow jersey
C'mon, now...Fignons_ponytail
Jul 13, 2003 12:16 PM
I think Lance is being smart. Look at next Friday through Monday. ITT on Friday followed by three rough stages. Next Monday will be particularly decisive. There are still two long weeks of racing left. No need to blow the wad this early. Watch Mayo lose a load of time next weekend. Ullrich may find his climbing legs, but I think Tyler is going to challenge Beloki for second place.
Didn't he do the same thing in the Giro?spyderman
Jul 13, 2003 9:44 AM
I like the tactic... Keeps it interesting... Everyone thinks he's a god and yet no one in the peleton pays too much attention.
I've been having similar thoughts.....Stinky Hippie
Jul 13, 2003 9:12 PM
...And how about this to add further to the conspiracy theory:

Do you recall when Franky Andrieu went to interview Hamilton while Tyler was having a massage after his crash and there seemed to be some confusion as to which shoulder was hurt? Remember that the masseur was rubbing the uninjured shoulder, and immediately switched to the injured shoulder after Andrieu started questioning him as to whether or not his "opposite" shoulder was causing him more pain?

Sounds crazy, but...........
It's Not About the BikeEl Caballito
Jul 13, 2003 8:34 PM
He is bad ASS!!!! YEAH!