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Bad day for Lance or great day for Jan?(3 posts)

Bad day for Lance or great day for Jan?kermit
Jul 18, 2003 1:14 PM
I know, we'll never really know, but...

Lance was expected to have a similar time to Jan, right? This means that Jan and Lance were both expected to put about 2 minutes on Vino, right? Lance only put about 30 seconds on Vino while Jan put two minutes on him. Did both Jan and Vino have the TT of their life, or was Lance just slow?

To me it look as though Vino and Jan rode as expected and Lance had a bad day.
Good day for Lance, much better day for Jan ...Humma Hah
Jul 18, 2003 1:19 PM
Beloki had a bad day. Simoni had a bad day. Pena's gone from yellow jersey back to domestique, something like an hour and 13 minutes in one day, and wasn't alone.

Armstrong placed second in the TT, a minute-something down from Ullrich, but both wasted the rest of the field. Might have done better with one more nice, cold water bottle. That's not a bad day, just not as good as he'd hoped against all concerned. He did pick up a scant few seconds in overall lead.
Jul 18, 2003 1:29 PM
Both Lance and Chris Carmichael were making noises prior that Lance would do well. In the Velonews recap, everyone but Jan said it sucked out there. I thought Tyler did good given his circumstances.

I think Vino (not quoted in VN coverage) had an exceptional effort. He lost very little time to Lance over the last 34k.

Something to think about. When the weather is hot like it is, you've got more to worry about than dehydration. A rider can get into all sort of electrolyte imbalance and mineral depletion situations. And you don't recover from that stuff the next day. Twenty years ago when I was putting in big mileage during the summer I developed potassium depletion, and it took six weeks of supplements to get right. Eating bananas won't do it.