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Is 67 seconds enough time or will Jan pull it out?(12 posts)

Is 67 seconds enough time or will Jan pull it out?koala
Jul 21, 2003 7:37 AM
I know Lance is stronger than he was but can he hold on in the time trial?
He's got to be the odds-on...Dwayne Barry
Jul 21, 2003 7:43 AM
favorite now. If they would have finished together today, I would have said it was a total toss-up for the final GC. Jan came back at the end today, and while I believe Armstrong isn't as strong this year I buy the explanations for his poor 1st TT performance. Even if he had today's form in the 1st TT, Ullrich might still have beaten him but not by 1:30. One thing for sure is it's going to be a great TT, I'd put the odds at 75% Armstrong, 25% Ullrich to take out the GC.
Second time trial....thatsmybush
Jul 21, 2003 7:46 AM
looked at the profile not nearly as severe as the
first will be difficult to put on substantial time
unless one or the other is suffering coming into the stage
Enough if its at the end of the last stage ...Humma Hah
Jul 21, 2003 7:44 AM
Ullrich was unable to respond to Armstrong's attack on the final climb. Maybe he's at his limit, but then again, Armstrong was pretty pooped when he crossed the line today. They're racing each other at their limits and the race, at the moment, is in the hands of their chefs and physical trainers.

This is too close to be anything but interesting, but I like today's trend a whole bunch. It was less stunning than what Ullrich did a few days ago, tho.
more significantDougSloan
Jul 21, 2003 7:46 AM
If you mean less stunning than Jan putting 7 seconds on Lance, I think the opposite. Putting 40 seconds on Jan (and 2 minutes on Vino) is huge, and probably will determine the Tour outcome.

Doug
I was thinking more of the 1:36 ...Humma Hah
Jul 21, 2003 7:51 AM
... but I DO really like today's outcome.

I couldn't relax on that last big downhill. I'm quite glad Armstrong waited to crash on the uphill.

I'm wondering how many more seconds he would have had in the bank without that crash, and how many less if Ullrich had attacked at that moment instead of waiting for Armstrong to catch back up?
yes, the TTDougSloan
Jul 21, 2003 7:57 AM
Yes, the TT was big for Jan. I hope Lance's dehydration explanation was true, for if so, they may be close enough in the final TT for Lance to keep the win.

If Ullrich had attacked when Lance crashed, the peloton would have beaten the crap out of him.

Doug
"...in the hands of their chefs and physical trainers"MrDan
Jul 21, 2003 7:49 AM
don't overlook pure desire... as I've said before, Lance knows it's about 3 weeks not 3 days... always measuring his output IMHO.
-D
I'm referring to the time between now and the next start.Humma Hah
Jul 21, 2003 7:54 AM
Right now, the guy who recovers best has the best chance in the following stage, and the stage after that. I think everyone in that top 10 or so is pretty spent at the moment.
Look for Lance walking around with an IV drip nmDougSloan
Jul 21, 2003 8:11 AM
wow...what a resultColnagoFE
Jul 21, 2003 7:52 AM
lance must have ridden like a man posessed today. can't wait to watch this one later tonight. this was his do or die day--even if just to let jan know he could still ride away from him. this has got to be a painful day for ullrich. still there is racing left. my $ are on lance now though.
It is going to be close...jhart11
Jul 21, 2003 8:00 AM
...but I like Lance's hance in the Final TT. The weather in Nantes is supposed to be in the 70's and raining for the Time Trial--Ullrich hates the rain abit more than the mighty Texan does...