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Wow, LA is human after all (Tyler is not)(11 posts)

Wow, LA is human after all (Tyler is not)Velojon
Jul 13, 2003 8:23 AM
No super-surge on the finishing climb today. It's clear to me he isn't quite as powerful/confident as the last couple years (very close, but not quite)and I think he is planning to THINK his way to Paris instead of DOMINATING. Hope I'm wrong and he smokes everybody in the upcoming mountain stages. Does anybody else think he may have come in too thin? I believe TdF riders need to come in a kilo or so above their finishing weight so they can ride into the Tour with mega reserves. I don't think LA has any weight to lose now.

Tyler is beyond words. His frickin' bone ain't connected. How is he doing this?
I wonder ...sacheson
Jul 13, 2003 10:30 AM
... if LA is not as strong, or if the overall is much more important to him than stage victories. Remeber a couple of years ago when Virenque and Ullrich cracked him in the hills? I'm sure events like that have taught him a thing or two.

I also posted a couple of days ago that there seems to be a shifting of attitude with his rivals. Rather than going for their own victory, it appears they are combining their strengths in hopes of breaking LA. With Telekom, Euskatel, ONCE, Bianchi, Saeco, etc. working together beat the Posties, it will be more difficult for Lance to cinch the overall.

My assessment is - he's on form, I also think the stress of equalling the record of Indurain, Merckx, Hinault, and Anquetil is forcing him to ride a more calculated race. Couple that with the politics, and I think we're going to see a much less aggressive Texan than we're used to.
He is biding his time...koala
Jul 13, 2003 11:06 AM
staying with Beloki who is a proven tour competitor. I think this year he shows his hand in the Pyrenees when everyone has taken their best shot. He also didnt want to use himself up because he still respects Ullrich.
The competition's commentscollinsc
Jul 13, 2003 12:28 PM
It's true that the competition seems to be singing a different tune this year. While they will surely tell you how good their form is this year if asked, their first comment is almost invariably something about putting the hurt on Lance.

They dont say "Yeah, I feel really on form, I think I will do well today" but "Yes, I have worked hard, I hope to put pressure on Armstrong today"
Seems the other GC contenders are not aiming for the yellow but are aiming for LA.
The path to Yellow is thru LanceWalter
Jul 13, 2003 2:21 PM
Makes sense for the other teams to "gang up" on Lance. If they can crack him (a real big "IF") that opens the competition up for the rest. I think LA can expect to see alot more attacks. As a spectator I think it's great. I like LA just fine but he got a free pass last year and it was pretty boring to watch.

I don't know if he gets on the podium this year (I think he's got a good shot) but I. Mayo is the post Lance future of the Tour. Climbs as well as anyone and at 25 still has years of growth. Assuming LA gets #5 this year Mayo may well be the one to deny him 6.
Who will team up with US Postal??ngl
Jul 13, 2003 4:53 PM
I have to wait until late tonight to see the race. But, since there seems to be an overriding consensus ( for some) to break Lance, I believe Lance's stratage is conserve himself ( and his team) for the days and battles ahead. Look what happened to Richard today.
Once the OTHER teams play their cards ( which should be very soon) we will see a team ( like CSC or Bianci) team up with US Postal so they can secure 2nd place.
LA definitely wants 1st!
unless Postal gets Mayo next year ...sacheson
Jul 13, 2003 7:44 PM
... rumors are flying that Mayo wants to ride with Postal.
how easy it is to not appreciate something until it's goneesbike
Jul 13, 2003 5:25 PM
Seems like those who called Lance's previous victories boring are getting their wish come true this year. He's in for a dogfight. But interestingly, it seems even more clear now that his previous wins weren't because of his team, or because riders were afraid to attack him or any of that other garbage. Mayo climbed Alp d'Huez one minute slower than Lance did in 2001. This year is more competitive because Lance has slowed a little. In previous years he won because he absolutely shattered the competition and he deserves incredible respect for that. He is still the favorite to win this year, I believe, because he probably can win the time trials and he will probably have more endurance for the Pyrennes than others. But looking back at his prior 4 wins, we now know that all the "alliances" or attacks from Beloki or whoever would have amounted to nothing in the face of a clearly superior rider.
Lance is letting others burn-outMrDan
Jul 13, 2003 5:51 PM
Lance is seasoned, and sure he may be a bit behind on his form, but in reality there is no other rider as balanced. He knows that this is not a 1 week tour... (3 hour tour... 3hour tour) he has patience and the reserves. I do want to see him win, but yes it won't be a complete cake-walk. The next time trial will give him some time, and we'll see how Mayo feels in a couple more stages. It's smart to stave-off Beloki who was contending a bit last year too...
I got two words for all of the naysayers:Pygme
Jul 13, 2003 7:06 PM
Time Trial.
they are just gonna make it as hard as hell for himEpicX
Jul 13, 2003 7:23 PM
which is actually a good thing. when LA wins #5 despite a peloton gang up, we won't have to hear any BS about top riders not being there or on form. I think he's just waiting. I think he just used today to size up the competition and see just how strong they are. THEY made all the efforts. Did he ever really look like he was in difficulty today? nope. when he bonked on the joux-plane (sp?) a couple of years ago, it didnt take a genius to see he was hurting. I thought he looked pretty smug today. "ok so this is what you've got? no prob."

people see to be coming out of the woodwork saying that because LA didn't rip the legs off the peloton today, he must be weaker. Maybe he's just smarter. let these others bury themselves attacking so he can tear them up in the time trials.

we'll see...