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Brake Rub on Alpe d' HuezAlpedhuez55
Aug 1, 2003 10:52 AM
on OLN last night, lance said he was slwed on the Alpe d' Huez stage by a brake pad rubbing against the wheel. I think he said he rode 50 or 100 KM before realizing what was wrong.

I know he did not seem to have it that day, but you think he would notice something like that. there would be some noise, vibration or you would slow down when you coast. I still would have guessed he was still suffering from the effects of dehyration on the time trial.

The other thing he mentioned that was very telling was about Team Bianchi. Three of Jan's teamates crashed on the same corner as he did on the time trial. But apparently, they did not tell Jan to watch that corner. I doubt Jan could have made up enough time anyway. Armstong was able to mark him up to that point. He would have had to have gained at least 30 seconds by that point to have Lance take risks at the end.

Mike Y.
re: Brake Rub on Alpe d' Huezcyclopathic
Aug 1, 2003 11:21 AM
I could see that happen when you ride in group surrounded. But use it as an excuse? pleeese... talk about Greg and sour grapes
re: Brake Rub on Alpe d' HuezCrankE
Aug 1, 2003 11:39 AM
What sour grapes? He won.

And just like he asked why would Tyler lie about breaking his collarbone - why would he lie about something so seemingly simple?

Truth is often stranger than fiction.
re: Brake Rub on Alpe d' HuezAlpedhuez55
Aug 1, 2003 11:51 AM
Some people always come up with an excuse for a for perfoamance. Tiger Woods is a good example. When he has a bad round, he would blame it on something. You would read something like Tiger shor a 1 over 73 and complained of flu like symptoms. He is still saying his knee is bothering him. But it only seems to be bothering him when he hits a driver or three putts.

It just sounded a bit odd to me that is all. It sounded like a little exageration to me and I would think he would have noticed it sooner.

Mike Y.
LA said the brake pad was burnt to a crisp. nmSintesi
Aug 3, 2003 5:28 PM
re: won?cyclopathic
Aug 1, 2003 12:21 PM
I don't remember him winning on Alpe d'Huez..
I think he meant winning the tourQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Aug 1, 2003 3:13 PM
BINGO... who cares about the stage. (nm)CrankE
Aug 5, 2003 12:13 PM
Aug 5, 2003 12:37 PM
he was genuinely upset that he lost Alpe d'Huez, hence this "rubbing brake" story.
I've done the same thing. No noise ...Live Steam
Aug 1, 2003 8:05 PM
or vibration. Just stupidity on my part. Very stupid on LA's mechanic's part. Hey maybe Jan or Beloki pushed the pad into the rim at the start that morning :O)
Me tooMcAndrus
Aug 2, 2003 5:13 AM
I remember one solo training ride in particular when I thought I was just having a bad day. 25 miles in I got off the bike for some reason and happened to look at the rear wheel and notice the brake pads were rubbing - the brakes had come off-center. It happens.
At these levels???spyderman
Aug 2, 2003 9:42 AM
$HIT does happen, but the mechanic should've been the last to inspect before Lance got in the saddle. There's no telling who could've nudged it at the start or along the way...
re: Brake Rub on Alpe d' HuezMR_GRUMPY
Aug 2, 2003 8:28 PM
I had something like that happen to me last week. My front brake bolt loosened up and caused the brake pad to lightly drag on the rim. I was wondering why I really had to push it to go 21 mph. When I got back, I realized that the wheel would make a quarter revolution before stoping, when you spun it.
I bet that made you GRUMPY LOL nm :O)Live Steam
Aug 3, 2003 11:42 AM