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Old 07-13-01, 10:29 AM   #1
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What? Nothing to say about that TTT?

I was fascinated by the team time trial. Some good riding by Postal and even better by Kelme, ONCE, and Credit Agricole. I was glad to see Jonathan Vaughters right up there with the team. He has had bad luck in past Tours. I hope he does well. Maybe near the front at at mountain stage finish. For him to win one would probably be too much to hope for.

For those that didn't see it, Postal was fastest by nearly a minute at the third time check. They had a beautiful double pace line going that rolled down the road like a juggernaut. Armstrong was like an iron man. Occasionally they would go to a single pace line with Armstrong leading, standing up, for a long pull. Then with about 17 km to go Vandenberghe (sp?) either touched wheels or slipped on a paint stripe and went down. Heras, right behind, went over him and fell hard on his right knee. I was surprised he could get up. The team held back, losing 30-40 seconds. They picked up the stragglers and still finished in the lead. Of course, later teams beat them, but at least they were ahead of Telekom. After the TTT, Credit Agricole riders were 1-2-3 in general classification. Stuart O'Grady retained the yellow jersey.
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Old 07-13-01, 11:08 AM   #2
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That was great Television! I'm glad they brought brought back the team time trial - it is a great spectacle. And it gave me an opportunity to find out more about the team backgrounds.

Interesting strategies employed by Telekom when Zabel flatted and the Posti's had that crash. Kelme seemed to be a big surprise as well.

What was really a hoot was watching the podium girl angling in to the camera frame when Bob Roll interviewed Jonathan Vaughters at the end. What a ham she was.
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Old 07-13-01, 11:10 AM   #3
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I've only been watching bicycle racing since right before the Giro d'Italia when I discovered that I had OLN . This years TdF was my first exposure to the TTT. I thought the formation that the US Postal Team used was super cool. Do other teams use this type of formation?
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