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Apparently Ulrich took some acting lessons...(5 posts)

Apparently Ulrich took some acting lessons...biknben
Jul 18, 2003 7:56 AM
Ulrich seems to have been doing a little acting through the spring and first week of the TDF. Maybe he was really impressed with LA bluff in the Mtn. stage two yeas ago and decided to use the same tactics. He hasn't done much all season but he is making waves now.

I remember thinking last week how strange it was to see ulrich so close to the front in the sprinting stages. Even when the guys were cranking to the finish he was often in view from the lead camera.

He has been very impressive indeed. I'd love to see him stay with Lance in the next couple stages and make things interesting. Ulrich never has seemed to be a great accelerator while climbing. I suspect Lance will use some quick bursts to gain distance on him towards the end of the next few stages. Even just 30 secs gained per day should keep Lance safe.

Good for Ulrich. He's making thing interesting. Something we have hoped for the last couple years. I'm rooting for him to finish second. :-)

Thoughts???
I don't think it's an act . . .jumphress
Jul 18, 2003 8:11 AM
I did not see the coverage, as I don't have cable, but I'm under the impression that he largely towed the Bianchi team in the TTT. And folks probably forget that in previous tours he has served as a leadout rider for Zabel.

Perhaps Jan can't match rapid accelerations in the mountains, but he is very good at riding within his limits so as to limit time losses and/or get back time on his attackers. He has also shown that he can ride/attack mountain stages solo.

One of the most impressive performances was in 1998 when Jan was in the yellow. He lost almost 9 minutes on Stage 15, which dropped him to 5th GC. He then came back the next day to battle Pantani and beat him at the line.

Also consider that Vino was one of his domestiques on Telekom. You may recall that Vino was helping set tempo on the Joux-Plane stage where Lance lost time. Could the two of them form an alliance? Hmmmm.
Telekom working with Bianchi? Nope!El Guapo
Jul 18, 2003 8:22 AM
I can't imagine Godefroot (Telekom Director) wanting anything to do with Pevenage (Bianchi). I do believe they HATE each other. Their own vanity and personal disagreements will prevent them from allowing their respective team members to work together. They will fall victim to that oh so familiar human fallibility: pride. Interesting suggestion, though. I think the Blue Train is about to cash in all of their chits and start the Mountain Express that will rip the legs off any contenders.
It's not Godefroot and Pevenage riding the bikesjumphress
Jul 18, 2003 8:31 AM
Keep in mind they would be helping themselves by cooperating to weaken Armstrong. From Telekom's persepctive, Vino has a better chance at the top podium spot if Lance can be cracked. If Lance makes it through the Pyrenees without losing too much time, Vino would likely be racing for third.

As for the Blue Train, I think they were supposed to put the hurt on everyone on the Alpe d'Huez stage. We'll see what happens.
It would be funny if they were, though...El Guapo
Jul 18, 2003 9:10 AM
Imagine having a stage where the Team Directors raced each other. Riis, Pevenage, Godefroot, Sainz, Bruyneel, Lefevere, et al. My money is on Riis! But seriously, I just can't see Telekom and Bianchi working together. I know I could be wrong, but it just doesn't seem to me that they can forgive each others trangressions. There have been stranger bedfellows in history, but this would take the cake.