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Possible to screw yourself on a TT?(7 posts)

Possible to screw yourself on a TT?jptaylorsg
Jul 17, 2003 3:33 PM
We all know Lance is pointing to the ITT as extremely important, and I'm sure he's not the only one. As we've seen, huge efforts in the mountains can often destroy a rider the next day (see Virenque in the Alps this year). Not having race experience, I wonder if it's possible a rider (perhaps a contender) can push it too hard on tomorrow's TT and screw himself for Saturday. Enlighten me.
re: Possible to screw yourself on a TT?jumphress
Jul 17, 2003 3:40 PM
Sure, you could take it easy to try to have something in reserve. But not if you want to be on the podium in Paris.

That does not apply to the domestiques. Some of them (I'm almost certain those on Postal) will be under team orders to save their strength for the next three days.
re: Possible to screw yourself on a TT?CritLover
Jul 17, 2003 8:53 PM
You have to push it that hard on the TT. The main thing is that everyone else is destroying themselves too. The guy in 20th or in 40th is trying just as hard to maintain their position as the top 5. ITT's are %110, period.

Besides, that's what your team is for. To save you if you do get screwed.
Not necessarily,TJeanloz
Jul 18, 2003 5:14 AM
Because of the mountaintop finish tomorrow (granted, not a major climb), it wouldn't surprise me if a non-contending good climber (Virenque) soft pedaled the time trial so that he would be more fresh tomorrow. And all domestiques will be effectively taking the day off today - regardless of how much they'll lose in the overall.
Lance may have some pace setters today, though nmDougSloan
Jul 18, 2003 6:38 AM
That's what bike racing is all aboutJames OCLV
Jul 18, 2003 5:47 AM
Bike racing (especially stage races) is all about who can recover the fastest... So, if you're a GC contender, you will go all-out in the TT. The guy who posts a fast time and recovers the best (Lance has amazing recovery abilities) by the next stage will come out on top in the end.

Look at Vino - great recovery (attached on L'Alpe, recoverd and won the next day's stage) compared to Verinque.
yes, I think Lance typically has superior endurance nmDougSloan
Jul 18, 2003 6:38 AM