As for Hampsten being the hero...he put in the ride of the day to take pink, one of the first if not the first time for an american and ultimately won the race on that stage. We saw the same thing in yesterdays stage. The breakaway and winning of the stage was second to the battle on the mountain with the GC guys.
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Last edited by skinny; 07-21-08 at 10:09 PM.
Didn't happen very often though. Bruyere had a stint in yellow in the 74 Tour IIRC, including the stage in England. Not to say it didn't happen, but Merckx didn't let teamates of the lease very often. Julien Stevens in the Tour in 69 or 70 is one instance I can recall, not too many others.
neil stephens ... and he thought the shots were vitamins .
Interestingly in both cases they took the Yellow from a pretty good rider.....
In both cases it was early in the Tour and from the stage results looks like a case of having a rider covering a break. As best I can fugure out in Stevens case he needed the stage win time bonus to catch Eddy. In Bruyere's case the cover kept the Yellow in the team when otherwise it would have gone elsewhere.
Oh and I looked it up. In his 5 Tour wins there was at elast one stage win by a teammate in each and every one, including one by Bruyere in '72. Eddys teammates had a total of 9 indivdual stage wins. I'll bet that is far and away the most of any Trade team. Since Coppi and Bartoli did not race the TDF that may times it is a reasonable chance that it holds for under national teams too. Though Anquetil might have that many wins by teammates in TDFs he won. (Of course Poulidor isn't much help there).
A classic strategy that seems to have been lost in todays world of personal egos.
"My tip to domestiques today is to give 110% no matter what."
That says it all.
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Can't think of any other reason why he would be on the team otherwise...
My thoughts too. In the late 80s he almost carried him over the mountains, when it was obvious to all but the team who the better rider was. I remember, after one particularly superhuman day by Indurain in the mountains, I think in 1990, Delgado had been dropped off time and time again, and each time Indurain went back to wet-nurse him back to the group, and Phil Liggett said "You know something Paul, one day I think this lad might win the Tour". With hindsight, it sounds pretty funny.
Wim Vansevenant. He must be truly awesome if the team keep him even though he is heading for his (RECORD!) 3rd consecutive Lanterne Rouge.