- Astana – poss spoiler
rOcKeTdOg – Member
he'd climb better if he grew the weller hair back
ha ha, i was thinking the exact opposite during his interview.
I think Armstrong was told not to/decided not to chase him down – he didn't look like he was at his limit when Contador made the break. I think he was there to cover Evans (and Brad!), either through his choice (as in he was prob kicking himself that he didn't go instead of Contador, as I think if it was the other way round Contador would have been expected to do the same) or because Bruneel told him to.Posted 8 years agoIanMunroMember
Just in case people haven't been to the other place.Posted 8 years ago
There's no way Armstrong would chase his own team mate down(actually it's Armstrong so he would be arrogant enough to try) unless he was following someone else's wheel. If he did Bruyneel should slap him and he would turn the final screw in the coffin known as morale in that "team". Whether it was genuinely planned attack by Contador though, who knows.
Armstrong is a genius at mind games and putting pressure on those around him. I expected them to let Kloden go today rather than Contador. Then just follow the Saxobankers or Evans up the hill.
Ride of the day – Wiggo for staying with that group…now if he can repeat it that would be amazing.
The other honorable mention goes to Cancellara for descending skills par excellence. The guy has talent.Posted 8 years agoglenpMember
+1 for Cancellara descending – he was absolutely nailing those bends, with helmet skimming the rock face. Well, nearly.
Armstrong's face was a picture! Looked like he was chewing a lemon. Contador did nothing more than nick back the 20 seconds that Armstrong himself ascribed to luck anyway. Once Contador shot off there was no way Lance could respond because of the company he was in, esp Schleck. Great political move from AC – just enough to show a bit of form, and so beautifully timed. On reflection I think the timing was great – had he put a minute on Armstrong there would have been a lot of fallout.Posted 8 years agoaracerSubscriber
I can't imigine Armstrong taking team orders to be honest.
You didn't watch the stage then? I can't imagine Armstrong not going after Contador were he not following team orders. Well maybe not explicit team orders, but the normal way a cycling team works in this case (you don't chase down your team-mate even if he is your biggest rival) is much the same thing. You could just imagine Armstrong sitting there grinding his teeth and hoping one of the people he had to sit on the wheel of would go a bit faster.Posted 8 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
I have been critical of wiggins in the past, yesterday he was fantastic. I really cannot work out the Lance astana situation. I have no idea if Lance thinks he can win or is bigging up his chances and trying to help Contador or is it all out war…. I'm sure if Lance could have attcked yesterday he would have, but he didnt….Posted 8 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
I'm sure if Lance could have attcked yesterday he would have, but he didnt….
There was nobody who could match Contador's speed yesterday.
If Armstrong could have attacked like that, he would have, because he would have dropped Evans et al in the same way that Contador did. He couldn't attack because he didn't have the legs imo.
Team orders or not, the single reason for Armstrong to be riding this tour is to win it himself not to ride as a super domestique. Is anyone seriously suggesting that he sits there and watches team mates ride away from him?
There aren't many summit finishes this year, so unless Armstrong is waiting for the TT to hammer Contador he missed an opportunity yesterday.Posted 8 years agoglenpMember
Another bit of spice – if Lance attacks at any point (assuming he has the legs, which actually I doubt) then Contador ought to be obliged to play the team game, just as was the reverse yesterday. Surely he won't oblige and some bad feeling will come to the surface. Love it – bit of bitching and scratching to add flavour to a great race.Posted 8 years agoAndyPMember
no, but i think he's trying to prove that he's not a self centred arrogant b*stard
failed miserably at that…
Contador did nothing more than nick back the 20 seconds that Armstrong himself ascribed to luck anyway.Posted 8 years ago
time-wise, agreed. All other aspects – disagree entirely.
Team orders? Armstrong? pmsl. He hasn't got the legs, simple as that. Of course he'll play the 'team orders' card to try to cover up the fact that he can't cope with Bertie.
Would have loved to see Bertie against a 2000-vintage Armstrong, now that would have been worth watching!mtbmattMember
On current form it has to be said that Contador is the favourite.
Although the prolouge was only short, he took some time out of Lance and showed his good TT form. Now in the mountains he showed that he is still a great climber.
I'm not sure if Lance was strong enough to go with him, but even if he was he would not have followed. It would have been a foolish move. The most he was able to do was shadow other riders, which is exactly what he did.
It would be great to see Wiggins get a top finish. Given his current TT and climbing form a top 5 isn't impossible, although top 10 more likely.
As far as the leaders are concerned I can't see anything changing for the next week or so until the TT or maybe stage 16 in the alps.Posted 8 years ago
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