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Roberto or Isidro?(9 posts)

Roberto or Isidro?weiwentg
Sep 26, 2003 1:29 PM
place your bets ... I would bet on Isidro by a very small margin. only the first bit of tomorrow's mountain TT is hideously steep. the rest is at about 5%. whatever the result, I think it will be very close, and I wouldn't complain if Heras won, either.
regardless, Isidro Nozal has made himself one fan here. both by his strength on the bike and his attitude.
re: Roberto or Isidro?Spoiler
Sep 26, 2003 2:05 PM
The first part of tomorrows climb looks more like one of the steep climbs in the Tour of Flanders. I think it comes to early to help Roberto make up that much time. Either way, both guys deserve it. Nozal's got to where he is while still playing domestique. Heras was so patient, and attacked when he had to. I don't think he attacked hard early in the race because he didn't think Nozal would still be contending into the last week.
If the weather changed and tomorrow was a downpour, Heras might have a better chance.
As a fan of...QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Sep 26, 2003 3:32 PM
Roberto, I have to cheer for the little guy. He maybe small, but he is a fighter, as well as Nozal. No matter what, i hope that Heras can win the stage, i think he deserves that much. Nozal is a great rider as well, no one expected him and he pulled off two extremely fast TT's. I think the GC times will be very close at the end of the day no matter who wins. I think both desrve to be champions.

I wonder what bikes there going to be using tommorow? Maybe Heras might get a Madone for that stage? Position will be key tommorow, and with Heras more "up" position, it might give him the advantage...
Stage to Heras, Vuelta to Nozalboneman
Sep 27, 2003 12:29 AM
It will be close on the Stage but Heras will be motivated to close the gap and keep the pressure on. That being said it's too big a time gap for the distance and slope of the course. However, you can't predict weather, mechanicals or flats so it's not over.

In some ways I wish that Heras had stayed at Kelme as his Vuelta win in 2000 was a display of aggressive team riding. I watched on TV as Sevilla, Gutierrez, Escartin and company on stage 14 just fired off down the road and positioned Heras to take the GC from Casero.

Oh well, I think it's going to be Nozal, a revelation, taking the GC this year. His win at the second ITT over Millar tells me this guy's for real. Hats off to both Heras and Nozal and a sad goodbye to ONCE and iBanesto.
I happily eat my prediction- Awesome ride! (nm)boneman
Sep 27, 2003 9:03 AM
Me too! what a 'friggin amazing ride!KG 361
Sep 27, 2003 2:19 PM
Heras FLEW up that mountain. When I saw some of the early gaps from other riders, I thought that it was possible, but I didn't expect Nozal to lose that much in the last 1/2 to 1/3 of the ride. Poor guy; he rode really well.
omg, it is Roberto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (nm)weiwentg
Sep 27, 2003 8:06 AM
and that is how it's done...QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Sep 27, 2003 1:15 PM
Gret Job to the flying Heras and Nozal for doing so well in a great Grand Tour...
no way i thought he could make up that timerufus
Sep 28, 2003 7:28 AM
in only 11k. but heras was just flying, and nozal looked like he had absolutely no legs right from the start.

how much more might nozal have had in the tank if he hadn't been working for gonzalez-digaldeano so much in the first two weeks?