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Old July 26th 03, 05:02 PM
Ken Schachnow
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Just finished watching the last time trial. Can someone tell me why Lance
has won already when there is another ride tomorrow to the finish?


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Old July 26th 03, 05:18 PM
James Goddard
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"Ken Schachnow" wrote in message
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Just finished watching the last time trial. Can someone tell me why Lance
has won already when there is another ride tomorrow to the finish?


The last stage is flat. Nobody will allow any of the race leaders to break
away from the peloton. A group of riders can easily squash a single rider
break away because of the advantages of drafting. People low down in the GC
might break away trying to get a stage win or sprint points but it will not
affect the top riders.

Also all riders that come in a group, get the same time. So even if Jan
were to beat Lance across the line, they would get the exact same time as
long as they are in the same group. With over a minute lead, it will be
impossible for Jan to make that up on this stage.

This is, of course, barring some sort of disaster, like a crash. However in
this type of stage, a crash is extremely unlikely, as long as Lance stays
away from any dangerous sprints for points.

The overall and mountain races are over at this point. However, tomorrow
still promises to be exciting because the points completion is still close
and there will be lots of opportunities for that to change.

James


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Old July 26th 03, 06:25 PM
Cathy Morgan
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"James Goddard" wrote:

"Ken Schachnow" wrote in message
. ca...
Just finished watching the last time trial. Can someone tell me why Lance
has won already when there is another ride tomorrow to the finish?


The last stage is flat. Nobody will allow any of the race leaders to break
away from the peloton. A group of riders can easily squash a single rider
break away because of the advantages of drafting. People low down in the GC
might break away trying to get a stage win or sprint points but it will not
affect the top riders.

Also all riders that come in a group, get the same time. So even if Jan
were to beat Lance across the line, they would get the exact same time as
long as they are in the same group. With over a minute lead, it will be
impossible for Jan to make that up on this stage.

This is, of course, barring some sort of disaster, like a crash. However in
this type of stage, a crash is extremely unlikely, as long as Lance stays
away from any dangerous sprints for points.

The overall and mountain races are over at this point. However, tomorrow
still promises to be exciting because the points completion is still close
and there will be lots of opportunities for that to change.


Also, generally, the last day is more of a formality, until they get to
the Champs Elysee. If Lance's lead had only been 30 seconds or less,
you'd be seeing them racing out on the roads. Now, if it's like in year's
past, there will be a sip of champagne for the cameras, decorated bikes,
etc. But watch out for the sprinters at the end. The green jersey is
still in play.

clm in sf, who was at the first 10 stages and it was AWESOME!!!

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Old July 27th 03, 01:10 AM
James Goddard
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"Cathy Morgan" wrote in message
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Also, generally, the last day is more of a formality, until they get to
the Champs Elysee. If Lance's lead had only been 30 seconds or less,
you'd be seeing them racing out on the roads. Now, if it's like in year's
past, there will be a sip of champagne for the cameras, decorated bikes,
etc. But watch out for the sprinters at the end. The green jersey is
still in play.


Honestly, I think the time differential would have to be 15 seconds for
Jan to try to make a play in the final stage. The only time he can hope to
gain in this stage is sprint bonus time, and I don't think 30 seconds would
be a real possibility.

James


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Old July 28th 03, 03:06 PM
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"Urban Bettag" wrote in message
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What is it with this "Tour de France" thing? If they had to swim 2.4
miles beforehand and run 26.2 afterwards, then they'd have something!


Udo Boelts (Team Gerolsteiner) did Kona already. I think he finished in
the top 100, but he was not the fastest on the bike.



Lance was a Pro-Triathlete at the age of 16. I think that kicks butt - Kona
or no Kona.

Just came back from the last stage of the tour - they really are inredibly
fast - there's no triathletes keeping up that sort of speed (Drafting
accepted). Lance deserves his win.

Wayne
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