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Playing dead...jose_Tex_mex
Jul 19, 2003 4:09 PM
Does anyone think Lance is playing dead and waiting for day 2 or 3 in the Pyrennes to attack. I am not buying all of the excuses we are hearing.

He was quoted as saying he's gonna get better. I think he will be back in form and dropping people in the next few days. Also, he will have his two minutes over Ullrich soon enough.

Why then play dead? My guess is he's showing us that he is human and maybe #6 is not in his plan. If he destroyed the field again this year we would all scream for #6. If we doubt him, a non attempt at #6 may be acceptable for his fans.

Maybe he just wants more time with the kids?
or at least passed out.ZeGopha
Jul 19, 2003 4:35 PM
Yah, all these excuses and exagerations do seem a bit far fetched. HE may also have been warned not to kill the field this year (no, not the grass field, he already did that)or one last theory, he may be horribly depleate of some vitamin or nutrients that would negativly effect him. The very last and worse possibility would be if his cancer is back. But I'd tend to doubt it.
or really in trouble...marcoxxx
Jul 19, 2003 6:45 PM
due to heat, sun, a crash injury, personal health problems, difficult stages, pressure, attackers looking to knock him out, etc, who really knows, but he looked pretty bad today i thought. i was thinking he needed to pull away and sprint up to Jan at least, but could not today. he just does not look like the same rider. i hope he can get it going !!
Recoveryspyderman
Jul 20, 2003 12:52 AM
I'm not overly concerned. The man was severely dehydrated. He lost 9.5lbs in the stage. We all know he will need to 2+ in the last TT. Too dangerous to make an unnecessary move just yet. Stage 15 Monday is the likely day... If he loses ground then I'll start to worry...
re: Playing dead...Tanks
Jul 19, 2003 6:24 PM
I just think he's tired. My wife said he looked emaciated in his post ride interview. Needs a few more Big Macs. That always works for me.

Whatever the problem (and the only problem may be Ullrich), he is putting forth an epic effort. Win, lose or draw, I'm impressed.
Well, I thought so but...Ron B
Jul 19, 2003 9:21 PM
By this time it wouldn't make sense. There have been too many important stages to pass up a chance to put some distance between him and his competitors.

He would by now have made a move since he would want some distance because you never know what's going to happen in the race. He could have a flat on a crutial climb, a crash, etc. where he would need the extra time.

I hope he recovers to dominate the next few stages and takes his 5th but at this time I don't think he's playing dead any longer. I just think he's tired, dehydrated and is hoping for a cooler day sometime soon.
It's all BS! Wake up you Lance fans!elviento
Jul 20, 2003 5:02 AM
I am a Lance fan myself but I just can't tolerate your making up stories to defend the sacred image of your hero.

First the play dead issue, why on earth would you play dead if you were in a race going for the 5th title and every second is crucial? The TT and the mountain stages are where Lance puts time on rivals--why would he sacrifice chances for something so enormously important to him just to pacify the fans if he doesn't do the 6th Tour, besides, if he is as strong as you think (i.e., freely playing dead but still surely win in the end), then why would he NOT do the 6th tour???

Now the dehydration issue, I know there are the 9.5lb or the 15lb numbers floating around. The fact of the matter is he would be stage winner without Ullrich, he did a great ride. But he was simply making excuses for losing to Jan-- that's all.

Think about it, Lance is just too fastidious about training and preparation to be dehydrated by 15lbs (or 9.5lb). Basically he is either too stupid or lying...

Now Lance, stop finding excuses, go back on the road and win that damn race!
A picture tells the storymickey-mac
Jul 20, 2003 5:29 AM
If he's acting, he has an amazing ability to contort his own face. This doesn't look to me like the face of someone playing possum.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour.php?id=photos/2003/tour03/stage13/AFP/ARMSTRONG23

He may well recover, but why intentionally lose time on a mountain stage in the last week of the tour?
Patience young Jedi'sjose_Tex_mex
Jul 20, 2003 7:26 AM
Two phrases...

Lance - I'll get better.

Carmichael - Energy Conservation

He's wise, you will see...