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Armstrong Bluffing...(3 posts)

Armstrong Bluffing...QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Jul 18, 2003 7:56 PM
I still hear that people believe that he is still bluffing. It's kind of silly now, he would not lose a time trial on purpose. But something to think about, i believe he saw himself starting to lose time to Ullrich, and he knew he was suffering from the heat, so not as a bluff he might have slowed down. To conserve himself, he didn't want to overkill himself. As he says he always takes is TT's at 100%, but here e might have gone 95% because of the circumstances..mtns, heat, no water etc... I just wanted to throw this out there...

The next couple of days will put all this sandbagging, bluffing stuff to rest

May the best man win!
people have a hard time believing thatFrith
Jul 18, 2003 9:20 PM
The once machine like armstrong is showing signs of being human. The irony is that when he first started blowing his competition out of the water people had a hard time believing he was for real.
I kind of like this humanoid that's taken over Lance's body. It's gonna make this win all the more important.
It might be that he throttled back . . .jumphress
Jul 18, 2003 9:31 PM
. . . because he thought he might blow, but that's not bluffing. That said, he's got to be concerned that he lacked the ability to stay closer to Ullrich's time. And to all those who say that he put time into everyone else - well, I don't think anyone thought Vino would run as close as he did.

And we still don't know who is the strongest in the mountains. Alpe d'Huez wasn't a good indicator, as Ullrich was purportedly sick and Lance indicated he had some problems. And when you compare the Lance of 2003 to earlier editions (Seistries inn '99, Hautecam in '00, Alpe d'Huez in '01, La Mongie and Plateau de Beille in '02)there is definately a difference. If this is Bruyneel's strategy, I don't think its a sound one.