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Drag race in Paris?AcesFull
Jul 21, 2003 12:56 PM
What happens if just a couple of seconds seperate LA and JU on the last stage into Paris.

Say JU brings it down to 3 seconds, what would his tatics be? Would he just lie down? Would it be over barring a crash?

Also, I thought the winner couldn't lose once he got inside 1 km to go in Paris? I remember hearing this last year. Pls correct me if I'm wrong.
re: Drag race in Paris?zero85ZEN
Jul 21, 2003 1:01 PM
With 1km to go everyone gets the same time as the winner. If it is the last stage of a stage race then that's that, you've won if you have the margin at 1km.

As for a drag race...I doubt it. The race is "over" after the final TT.
It's an interesting question,TJeanloz
Jul 21, 2003 1:30 PM
If the gap were smaller than the difference between the first & second place time bonuses for winning a stage, I have to believe that the second place rider would try to win on the Champs Elysees. It's a completely unique situation.

I think both would probably go for the win - but three pure sprinters should be able to beat either of them, taking all of the time bonuses. I think they would race for it though.
Picture thisspookyload
Jul 21, 2003 1:51 PM
Ullrich and Armstrong positioning to duke it out in the final sprint with Zabel, O'Grady, Cooke, and McCewen. Didn't LA and McCewen have words last year about something on the podium? It would be even funnier to see McCewen knock LA off his bike just as revenge.

More than likely you would see USPS launch a huge break away with the help of a team wanting a stage win and leave Ullrich and LA in the main bunch. That would prevent any possible mistake from happening.
put Hincapie up front to get bonus time, Lance on his wheel nmDougSloan
Jul 21, 2003 2:27 PM
Very interesting....shirt
Jul 21, 2003 4:22 PM
If I remember correctly, the last time there was a finish this close was in '89 when Fignon lost by 8 seconds. That was on the last day however, not the penultimate (if memory, which is waning, serves.)

It's true neither L or J could win a straight up sprint, but in the event that they're separated by less than 10 seconds, I'd have to imagine that the "losing" team would go WFO from the whistle and try to TT the entire peloton into submission. It's a near-futile gesture, but what else can you do? And how could you justify NOT doing it in this situation? There's a small chance it might work, and if I were either L or J with a ~5 second disadvantage after the final ITT, I'd be pep-talking my boys into the hardest day of their lives...

and don't forget (History)atpjunkie
Jul 21, 2003 8:03 PM
Hinault and Joop Zoetemick breaking away and drag racing on the Champs. Hinault won the tour by staying with Joop and still pipped him for the stage.