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So when we will the move be made?(4 posts)

So when we will the move be made?MXL02
Jul 18, 2003 9:45 AM
Will the attacks start tomorrow, or will the big moves wait til the Col de Tourmalet.
re: So when we will the move be made?moving up
Jul 18, 2003 10:08 AM
If the lead up to this point is an indicator, it will be a continual and relentless barrage every day in the mountains. Lance's third victory showdown with Ullrich on L'Alpe d Huez was one of the most epic showdown's I've ever seen in any sport. No. 4 I had to have coffee to stay awake. Now, the suspense is more than back and this is the most monumental battle of them all. Lance and Jan will probably have the better tactics, but Mayo and Vino are explosive and could surprise both of them. This is way too close to call.
re: So when we will the move be made?jumphress
Jul 18, 2003 10:11 AM
They'll start tomorrow, but I think for Lance's challengers Stage 14 is the crux. It's long, hot, and hilly; four Cat 1 climbs. This stage could be used to take some of the starch out of Postal's legs.

As for Stage 15, you'll see attacks on the Col d'Aspin in an attempt to shed some people and perhaps isolate Lance, although it is not a comparatively steep climb. Lance may even be eyeing this climb for his attack, as it is the longest (and perhaps 2nd steepest) of the Pyrenees cols.

Aside from concern over today's TT performance, he's got to be concerned that he was not able to put more time into Ullrich on Alpe d'Huez, which is just as tough a climb as any they will be facing the next three days. And I don't think Lance can crack him. He may be able to gain some time on Jan, but that is quite different than having him crack like he did on Stage 15 in '98.
BUT... if Jan is going to be cracked...tomorrow is the day(nm)funknuggets
Jul 18, 2003 10:23 AM