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How about those Posties!4bykn
Jul 26, 2003 7:51 AM
USPS took four of the top ten places today, wow! When did Hincapie learn to TT like that, I always think of him as a sprinter/classics type rider.
re: How about those Posties!gray8110
Jul 26, 2003 8:14 AM
Hincapie is a very good time trialist, he just doesn't have much need to go all out much with Lance on the team. A course like this is his bread and butter, especially with the bad weather. After 50 miles of cobbles in Paris Roubaix in weather like this, going around wet corners on a TT bike doesn't seem so bad :)
I noticed USPS's placings in the ITT as well!zero85ZEN
Jul 26, 2003 8:21 AM
Pretty dominating performance.
Guess that is why they won the TTT as well!
Hincapie is becoming a very decent ITT'er.
But Pena is also a surprise. And don't forget Rubiera at 24th for a climber!

It's been overused but "epic" is the only word to describe this Tour. The rain worked in Armstrong's favor. He is a better bike handler than big Jan, and Jan had to take the risks to make up time. Lance has come a long way from his days as a brash, hot tempered young pro. He rode just the TT he needed today. Kept his eye on the Big Picture and didn't do anything foolish or risky.

What a party they will have tomorrow in Paris!
I noticed USPS's placings in the ITT as well!BAi9302010
Jul 26, 2003 10:03 AM
No one should be surprised by USPS's performance at all. The team is primarily made of tt'ists to set the pace on flat stages and in the ttt(Pena, Ekimov, Hincapie) and climbers to set the pace in the mountains (Beltran, Heras, Rubiera), with a couple of riders like Landis to help out when needed. Hincapie has always been a good time trialist and Pena isn't a surprise, as he is a former tt stage winner in the Giro d'Italia. Hincapie is a lot more consistant in tt's than in sprints and started out as a track cyclist. Ekimov's palmares should explain themself.
Today they were trying.fcebedo
Jul 26, 2003 8:34 PM
and the results show their true form.

In the first time trial, their results are crap and that's a good thing. It means they all sacrificed their times so they can save themselves for Lance for the huge mountains right after the first TT.

francis
next up for Hincapiemohair_chair
Jul 26, 2003 8:48 PM
Hincapie almost won a time trial last year or the year before in three days of depanne or four days of dunkerque. I forget which. He has always been good, he just never had any reason to go hard.

Look for Hincapie to take his amazing form and win San Sebastian and/or Zurich this year. I can't think of anyone else right who can climb like he does that is also as fast. Go George!