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Does Lance have a another card to play?(6 posts)

Does Lance have a another card to play?esbike
Jul 16, 2003 10:46 PM
Maybe some of the racers can answer this question. Let's say Lance does decently in the time trial Friday, but loses more time in the Pyrenees to Mayo or whoever. Let's say he no longer in yellow and doesn't think he can make up the time in the last time trial to win. Given how good USPS is compared to say Euskatel, what would stop the postal team from going on a break together on one of last two flat stages before the final ITT. I would imagine a break of a few riders going for a stage win would be ahead of them and postal would go 30-40 km from the finish. Would the peloton chase them down, or would it be up to Euskatel? Could Lance make up time on Mayo for example, essentially doing another team time trial against them?
re: Does Lance have a another card to play?jumphress
Jul 16, 2003 11:26 PM
I would wager that at least Telekom and Bianchi would chase them down. And don't forget the teams battling for the green jersey.

I think stage 15 will settle it. If I were Lance's challengers, I would launch attacks from on the opening climb. Keep in mind that Euskatel has 3 riders in the top 11.
not sure Lance but Tylor doescyclopathic
Jul 17, 2003 5:26 AM
Tylor had been shadowing all LA moves and had only lost a couple sec on time bonus. CSC had been kept in reserve and had not done any work up front. His collar bone should be o'k by Pyrenees. Watch for this guy.
Tyler is a threat...spyderman
Jul 17, 2003 10:56 AM
But I don't really think he can beat Lance. He'll certainly be top 10 GC.
unlikely herocyclopathic
Jul 17, 2003 12:23 PM
noone though he could beat him in LBL.
agree he'll be top 5, maybe podium, winner? very unlikely
Only the same cards that have won 4 tours thus far...spyderman
Jul 17, 2003 10:54 AM
Pyranees and iTT... Barring a crash, I don't see those other things happening.