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Old 02-21-04, 01:02 PM   #1
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Volta ao Algarve

I guess all that late night partying and getting drunk has paid off so far for Armstrong.
US Postal swept the stage 4 TT 1-2-3 (and had 5 of the top 10 places), with Armstrong winning and taking the overall lead.

That new TT position he is using now really reminds me of Ullrich's. (what a suprise?)

The final stage Sunday finishes at the top of a 2nd categorie climb.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/road.php?...e04/algarve044

Discuss this or the coming season (two weeks until Paris-Nice)
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Old 02-21-04, 02:20 PM   #2
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Alcala de la Real

Found this photog at www.grahamwatson.com . Taken at the Ruta del Sol.
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Thanks for the pic and the updates. Any chance this is being played/followed on OLN?

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Doesn't look like fantasy cycling 2004 is going to happen.

Juan Carlos Domínguez put together a nice win in the Vuelta Andalucía. Zabel had a stage win when he outsprinted Boonen and Freire. The guy continues to amaze.

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Juan Carlos Domínguez put together a nice win in the Vuelta Andalucía. Zabel had a stage win when he outsprinted Boonen and Freire. The guy continues to amaze.
Is there any guy that has been more consistant, for a longer time period, than Erik Zabel? It seems whenever he is racing, he is always getting the job done.
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Old 02-21-04, 10:22 PM   #6
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The guys been doing it or 14 years now. He's 34 and though he doesn't have the pure speed anymore of a Petacchi, he still wins because he's THE smartest sprinter in the pack. The fact that he races hard 10 months of the year and can drag his butt over the alps makes him one of the most respected riders in the peloton.
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I guess all that late night partying and getting drunk has paid off so far for Armstrong.
not to put down armstrong or well, anyone for that matter, but take a look at the start lists.. the team that us-postal sent there is more or less equivalent to the chicago bulls going up against your local high school basketball team.
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Zabel is the man. If I recollect, Dominguez won the points jersey in the Giro two years ago while with Phonak. He's got some kick.

Friere continues to "almost" win. Is he holding his form for Milan-San Remo? He can definitely get over the Poggio, and he's one of the craftiest sprinters in the peloton now. I think Friere, Zabel, Planckaert, Bettini, and possibly Di Luca or Cooke are going to be in the front in Milan. It's a little early, but my money goes to Friere right now.

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Landis wins! I really like landis, good to see him get a stage race win. He's definetly one of the stars of the american peloton. Once postal/lance leaves the sport landis should get some lucrative contracts and a chance to shine on his own.
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not to put down armstrong or well, anyone for that matter, but take a look at the start lists.. the team that us-postal sent there is more or less equivalent to the chicago bulls going up against your local high school basketball team.
Yeah, the competition wasn't exactly intimidating, was it?

Postal wins though and Lance gets his training in.
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You Idiot!

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If I recollect, Dominguez won the points jersey in the Giro two years ago while with Phonak. He's got some kick.
Wrong...he didn't win the green. He won the prologue.
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