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Did Lance come up short?(7 posts)

Did Lance come up short?fine_tuner
Jul 27, 2003 7:24 PM
Is it only me? I think Lance came up 100 meters short in this tour. His short cut in stage 9 cut out about that much distance. In the replay you can see that the switchback was a deep one. That's why it took so long for the other riders to catch back up with Lance.
Do all the riders have to go the full distance?
Your kidding, right.Halloween
Jul 27, 2003 7:28 PM
The race refs could have given him a time penalty, but chose not to since he actually lost time on his "shortcut". See, he was in front of the group of riders you mentioned when he went off the road and came out behind them, when it was all said and done.
Are you for real???newridr
Jul 27, 2003 7:34 PM
Or just trolling??

Let's just nip this in the bud. He was forced off road, went through a field of scrub, had to jump off the bike in order to return to the road course, and then had to catch up with the guys who were behind him before the mishap. Let's dispense with the "he took a short cut" group-think mentallity. I hardly think that being forced into a field is any type of advantage and neither did the race officials as demonstrated by the fact that no penalty was levied.
last time I checked I was "for real"fine_tuner
Jul 27, 2003 7:55 PM
this is not intended to be a "troll"
on my ride this afternoon this was just one of many thoughts on the tour I happened to have. thought I would air it out here. was that a bad idea? I thought this was a open forum.
Let's make him run the 100m...myette10
Jul 28, 2003 4:19 AM
...He'd be able to do it under 1'01", so it is a moot point.
re: Did Lance come up short?cyclejim
Jul 27, 2003 8:49 PM
Yep. Its only you.
a couple of thingsmohair_chair
Jul 28, 2003 8:11 AM
About Lance's "shortcut:"

1. It was involuntary
2. He gained no advantage
3. No riders protested

Race officials had no issues with this incident. Neither did any riders or team directors. End of story.

By the way, the riders who "caught up" with Lance quickly and easily passed him because he was barely moving. Lance had to sprint to catch back on. That should be the most obvious clue that Lance received no advantage.