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Can anyone explainsnowman3
Jul 19, 2003 1:16 PM
the psychology of letting Rubiera stay with the breakaway for most of the race? Phil said that it was a tactical advantage and that it would be a nice win for postal if the GC leaders didn't attack. I can understand wanting to give props to the other posties, but Lance doesn't seem to have the luxury of letting them make personal achievements this time around.

So I'm wondering why it was more advantageous to have Rubiera in the breakaway rather than at LA's side? Wouldn't it have been better to have him share the load with Heras?

Jul 19, 2003 1:46 PM
I can think of several reasons why it would be good to have a teammate up the road when leading on GC:

1) Other teams may chase, setting a hard pace in the peleton and Postal does not have to have a man at the front of the peleton- the most tiring place.

2) Rubiera, if in with a breakaway, could control that breakaway if it became dangerous by sitting in and refusing to pull.

3) If Rubiera gets caught by the peleton, with Lance in it, he can feed and support Lance then just as he could have if he'd been with Lance all along. As he drops back he can pick up drinks and food easily from a team car and supply Lance.

4) Good for team morale to have a man up the road.
One correction to that . . .jumphress
Jul 19, 2003 2:08 PM
Against the rules against receiving food from the team car. But Bruyneel knows that!