|Will Petacchi brave the mts. for a 3rd win on the other side||Kvonnah|
Sep 10, 2003 7:23 AM
|or will he pack it up and go, satisfied with his 12 wins in the three Major tours?
I'm hoping for the former because I'm a newbie to the sport and missed most of Cipo's hay day. This complete dominance is amazing to see!
|I would guess he will try...||Dwayne Barry|
Sep 10, 2003 7:37 AM
|whether he can or not is whole different question. It will probably depend in part if a team decides to make the race hard from the beginning of the stages, which is what Kelme did last year in the mountains. He could very well find himself eliminated if the officials play hardball like they did in the Giro.
Of course it's got to be hard to find the motivation when he's already accomplished so much.
|No he won't...||Inspector Gadget|
Sep 10, 2003 9:17 AM
|It won't come down to the officials playing hardball. He will be sagging in the team car at the sight of the first mountain, or possibly shortly into the first climb. As far as accomplishing so much goes-as a stage racer his greatest accomplishment is his failure to ever complete a TdF.|
|Hasn't he only tried once...||Dwayne Barry|
Sep 10, 2003 9:37 AM
|and pulled out along with 6 other team mates due to illness.
I believe his greatest accomplishment as a stage-racer is winning stages in all three grand tours in the same year. A feat only accomplished by 2 other riders and not since 1958.
Get some perspective, a sprinter's job is not necessarily to finish every grand tour he enters but to win stages after his team mates have set him up. At this point in time, Petacchi is the dominant sprinter in the bunch. There were a bunch of anonymous finishers in the Tour who did absolutely nothing for their careers, for their teams or for their sponsers. It's about winning, or at least showing yourself, not about finishing. Valueing finishing over winning is bringing the recreational marathoner's or century rider's mentality into pro bike racing.
BTW, I believe Petacchi has finished a Grand Tour already in his relatively young career.
Sep 10, 2003 2:06 PM
|last years Vuelta if memory serves me right. He did finish, and he has claimed he will (and maybe take the Sprinters Jersey) in this years. He's only 150 so the mountains shouldn't kill him. Great points defending the sprinters DB, who gets his sponsor more pub,
Petacchi or say David Navas Chica? DB you are sooo right about rec. marathoner/century mentality here, many posters I don't think have ever raced, and/or are relatively new to the sport. They haven't quite gotten a grasp on the Team concept and the division of labor on a team. Most don't understand that a 'suicide break' from a small team is successful regardless if they get caught by the Peloton. Every minute they are not is good Ad time for their sponsors.
Petachhi earns his pay and is having a hell of a year, I hope he does finish but it won't effect the season he's having.
|He's made it further than you thought.||Spoiler|
Sep 14, 2003 5:26 AM
|Petacchi made it further than the disgraced World Champion.
In fact, he finished the SECOND mountain day in the same group as David Millar, George Hincapie and Floyd Landis.