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Could this be the best tour in a decade?(7 posts)

Could this be the best tour in a decade?spookyload
Jul 21, 2003 8:29 AM
It is sure the closest since Fignon lost it in 1989. I can't remember coming into the last stages still wondering who would win in a long time. Hang on people...this is only going to get better. If the ITT was tomorrow, I would give it to LA for sure, but with a couple easier days plus a rest day, there is no telling.
could depend on the weatherDougSloan
Jul 21, 2003 8:42 AM
Today it was cloudy and cooler, which is what Lance likes. I predict that if Saturday is cool, maybe even raining, Lance will beat Jan.

This certainly is the best Tour in the last 10 years.

Best Tour since the Thrilla in Manila ...OldEdScott
Jul 21, 2003 8:52 AM
If anyone remembers Ali-Frazier III, the greatest heavyweight fight of my lifetime, this is following that script almost perfectly.
Nice analogyContinental
Jul 21, 2003 10:57 AM
Frazier/Ulrich were hit hard early, then gave Ali/Armstrong the hardest pounding of their careers. Ali-Armstrong survive middle round attacks that would have knocked out any but the greatest champions. Ali/Armstrong conserve energy through the late-middle rounds. Ali's talent and guts were too much for Frazier late in the fight. Will the same hold true for Armstrong and Ulrich? I think Ulrich, unlike Frazier, will be there for round 15, but Armstrong will prevail. Ulrich needs to learn the quote "Lawdy, Lawdy he's great."
Ha! You nailed it!OldEdScott
Jul 21, 2003 11:01 AM
I was gonna explain the analogy myself, but wondered if anyone else would see it. Good job!
Oh, and to finish off your addendum Lance needs to learnOldEdScott
Jul 21, 2003 11:03 AM
the quote: "It was the closest thing to death."
What about the best tour ever????fcebedo
Jul 21, 2003 9:41 AM
What are the great tours in the last 100 years. When and what happened?

From all the pre-race hype I saw, it seemed like the Lemond-Fignon race is considered as the 'best', 'closest' race by many. (Lemond takes the win away from Fignon on the last short time trial and Fignon collapses to the ground).

This tour seems better than the Lemond-Fignon regardless of what happens in the time trial.

Other good tours I remember:

- Lemond vs. Hinault where Hinault breaks a 'promise' to Lemond and attacks hi in the mountains

- The fall of Indurain where he cracks in the hills and Riis takes the tour.

- Jacques Anqetuil vs. that working class rider that he always beat.

I don't recall any of the Eddy Merckx races being competitive.