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Old 07-23-06, 04:25 AM   #1
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Why has Oscar Oscar Pereiro ceded victory?

Being new to paying attention to the TdF, but having been an amateur boxer, I cannot fathom why this guy is content with a 2nd place finish. Why isn't he going to challenge Landis with every thing he's got to win the TdF? The way I'm hearing it, it would seem that this would be a matter of bad sportsmanship - that the riders are expected to hold their place during this ceremonial champagne sipping 96 mile tour down the stretch.

I just don't get it - as a former competitor and as a sports fan.

Can anyone enlighten me? I'm not trolling, being antagonistic, I am honestly perplexed.

EDIT pardon the double typing of his name
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Ok, ned Flanders is 59 seconds in front of Oscar....a win in the stage is worth 20 sec....so even if Oscar won & ned didn't place, it's still not enough. That leaves Oscar's only other option to finish 59 seconds on the road, in front of Ned. That means a break away. While Floyd is sitting around today drinking champers, his team will be watching Oscar like a hawk...Oscar will not be allowed to go anywhere today, without Floyd on his @rse....59 seconds is a long time on a flat stage when one team is determined not to let someone in particular, off the front. Oscar is just conceding the inevitable
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Ok, ned Flanders is 59 seconds in front of Oscar....a win in the stage is worth 20 sec....so even if Oscar won & ned didn't place, it's still not enough. That leaves Oscar's only other option to finish 59 seconds on the road, in front of Ned. That means a break away. While Floyd is sitting around today drinking champers, his team will be watching Oscar like a hawk...Oscar will not be allowed to go anywhere today, without Floyd on his @rse....59 seconds is a long time on a flat stage when one team is determined not to let someone in particular, off the front. Oscar is just conceding the inevitable
Okely dokoley

Thanks for the explanation. Still, It seems odd to my reference point that Landis' hand is being raised in the 11th round of a close 12 round fight.

Ok, given your explaination I do understand the feeling of certainty, inevitability. However, sh-t happens!
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Why has Oscar Oscar Pereiro ceded victory?
Because Butros-Butros Gali has a full minute on him in the GC?
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Thanks for the explanation. Still, It seems odd to my reference point that Landis' hand is being raised in the 11th round of a close 12 round fight.
The entire peloton would reel in any breakaway. On flat stages bicycling is a team sport with intricate unwritten rules and customs within the aerodynamics of the peloton (which typically exist for the collective safety of the riders). That's why a boxing analogy doesn't work for the Tour. It's only in the mountains and on time trials where it becomes an individual sport and it's no coincidence that such stages are where the race is truly won or lost.
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