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Mayo setting himself up for Postal contract?sacheson
Jul 21, 2003 1:44 PM
I've read several articles/posts/etc. about Iban Mayo possibly interested in USPS when his contract with Euskatel runs out this year. If he is interested, he sure showed it today by edging Ullrich out at the finish (thus reducing Ullrich's time bonus) ... not quite the tactic of a unified European peleton working to dethrone Lance.

Comments?Dwayne Barry
Jul 21, 2003 1:53 PM
Yeah, both Euskatel riders showed a total lack of class by sitting on Ullrich all the way up that climb and then trying to outsprint him for the bonus time. They both needed to gain time to overtake Vino and leave behind Hamilton, etc. so there was motivation to work.

Either work together and sprint it out like men, or don't work and give the bonus to Ullrich as payment for hauling your asses up the climb.
More likely the tacticMel Erickson
Jul 21, 2003 1:55 PM
of a Basque rider trying to give the home town crowd something to cheer about.
Excactly.KG 361
Jul 21, 2003 2:08 PM
They didn't give a rat's arse about helping Lance. They were finishing essentially in their home region and they wanted to look as good as possible, getting as good a result as possible.
Also trying to win the team competitionmanny999
Jul 21, 2003 2:29 PM
While I agree it's a little weaselly, Euskaltel is now only 7 minutes back of CSC in the teams competition. By pipping Ullrich at the line today, they reduced CSC's lead by about 2 minutes.

Winning the teams competition will give them automatic entry to all three Grand Tours next year as opposed to waiting for the graciousness of Jean-Marie LeBlanc to bestow on them a wild card entry. While Euskaltel more than likely will lose time versus CSC during the ITT, why not take the chance that someone on CSC will crack in the next few days?
Team GC is usually also the highest $$$ paid out (nm)TJeanloz
Jul 21, 2003 2:31 PM
and in TTatpjunkie
Jul 21, 2003 6:16 PM
Zubeldia has done quite well this tour. It could be a dual with Tyler injured. I don't think CSC has quite the TT shoe in, plus one more day for the basques to go nuts. It's their last day in their home turf, wed.
Winning team prize in no longer an auto entry to GTs.noveread
Jul 22, 2003 6:30 AM
Winning the team prize does well to earn a return invitation, but it is no longer an automatic invitation. I think they (UCI) changed that for 2002.

The Empty Wrapper
re: Mayo setting himself up for Postal contract?Tanks
Jul 21, 2003 6:11 PM
As has been posted, there were many good reasons for the Euskatel riders to try to out sprint Jan. But, I still thought it was a cheap move. Ullrich (and Tyler) waits for both Lance and Mayo, does much of the work, only to loose vital bonus seconds.

Still, this was an incredible stage. What a pleasure to see sportmanship in 2003. I hope Lance wins. But, if not, Ullrich will be a great champion.
agree on tackinessatpjunkie
Jul 21, 2003 6:27 PM
but Jan was paying LA back for 2001's wreck on Col Peyasourde and his flat at the base of a climb in 2000 (don't remember stage off hand)