Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    gc
    gc is offline
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Danville, CA, U.S.A.
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What do you think? Will Lance Armstrong be able to defend his Tour de France title this year? With all the top contenders out there like Jan Ulrich, Bobby Julich, Marco Pantani and other superstars, will he able to make it on the podium again ????

  2. #2
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    531
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I feel same way as Ba-Dg-Er.

    However I feel that Lance does have a chance. It looks the same as last year. Sure the team will hae to work 100% as a bad day in any 3 week stage race can be deadly but he looks strong.

    Sure there are strong riders out there but nothing great to cause big threat. Nothing like Ullrich in his day or Indurain or Olano in perfect shape.

    There will be players, however too early to even point some out. Most of the big ones are in the Giro and may opt to not race the Tour or to take it easy in the Tour. Pantani is still uncertain he will attend the Tour. Even if he does nothing will happen.

    I see the spanish riders again doing much work but for nothing great. Tonkov does have options but we will see after the Giro. Julich we will also see how he will come along as the Tour gets closer.

    ONCE with Olano and Jalabert. Same as last year, Jaja will play some stages while Olano I believe will again falter. Olano is not a true stage racer but has been pushed in this position. Banesto also will shoot with Zuelle but again I beleive he will crack at least once.

    The Tour will be won by an average rider that can hold for 3 weeks. Hold in the sense of not loosing much time in the mountains and controling threatening attacks and staying on top on the time trials.

    As far as great attacks. We have missed those in the past years as teams are not forming great alliances with each others and riders now tend to be a wee bit more scare of forming a big attack. The last time these were seen was in the Vuelta last year with the Kelme boys. I hope they put on a great show this year.

    Saeco looks to be one of the better teams on paper to date, but we will see after the Giro.

    Please keep this alive as I love to put my thoughts as the date gets closer.

  3. #3
    BikeForums Founder Joe Gardner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 1999
    Location
    Holladay, Utah.
    My Bikes
    Santa Cruz Superlight w/ Roholoff 500 & Bob IBEX
    Posts
    4,257
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    bump

    What are your thoughts on this now?

  4. #4
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    531
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As mentioned early he had a chance and now he will win. He won in Hautacam. How? By winning the stage he brought the moral of all riders down. He fisnished the deal in Ventoux by not only hanging with Marco but by making actions that seemed to Marco to be actions of playing with him. There it was settled. I wanted to see other riders come to the ocassion but as last year no response. Ullrich faltered while Olano was as figured and Zuelle also. One thing I am glad is Beloki's ride. A friend of mine and I am sure he is having the ride of his life. Also Kelmes good attempts to make the stages happen.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Bontrager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    My Bikes
    Road, MTB, Folding, Commuting bikes...
    Posts
    2,339
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I predict he will this year, the next, the one after that, and the next one, and the one following that

    08 Giant TCR Alliance Custom Build
    08 Trek 1000 Discovery Channel
    08 Fuji Outland Pro Custom Build (mostly Forge stuff)
    08 Forge Sawback 5xx MTB frame
    08 Downtube IX FS folding
    09.5 Downtube Front Suspension folding
    09 Diamondback Insight 1 flatbar road/beer
    09 Diamondback Clarity 1 flatbar road/beer
    1 bedroom apartment

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    My Bikes
    Jamis Satellite
    Posts
    543
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wow, a thread that's nearly 5 years old.
    2004 Jamis Satellite

  7. #7
    Senior Member Bontrager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    My Bikes
    Road, MTB, Folding, Commuting bikes...
    Posts
    2,339
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's what happens when you accidentally click the "last" link instead of "3"
    08 Giant TCR Alliance Custom Build
    08 Trek 1000 Discovery Channel
    08 Fuji Outland Pro Custom Build (mostly Forge stuff)
    08 Forge Sawback 5xx MTB frame
    08 Downtube IX FS folding
    09.5 Downtube Front Suspension folding
    09 Diamondback Insight 1 flatbar road/beer
    09 Diamondback Clarity 1 flatbar road/beer
    1 bedroom apartment

  8. #8
    Huachuca Rider webist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    My Bikes
    Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    4,274
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll feel bad if he tries it and loses. I'd rather he just go out on top. On the other hand, I'll be thrilled if he wins another! I'm a little tentative, but predict he'll do it. It just seems like he's doing a lot more "out of the saddle" things since setting the record. I worry that he may lose the edge.
    Just Peddlin' Around

  9. #9
    El Diablo 2Rodies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Austin Tx, Ex So Cal
    My Bikes
    Cannondale CAAD8/Record 10s, Felt DA700 Chorus 10s,
    Posts
    2,750
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If Marco wins it would be the sports comeback of all time!

  10. #10
    Lance Hater Laggard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Minneapolis
    Posts
    4,316
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are about 10 threads in the TDF and racing forum discussing this already.

  11. #11
    1/2 man,1/2 bear,1/2 pig ManBearPig's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    .
    My Bikes
    .
    Posts
    1,126
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If he wins it'll be much less significant in my mind than #6 was. If he does not win, it won't really detract from #6. The 6th win was history, and everything that follow is just an epilogoue in my opinion, which can be omitted from the book without affecting the story.

  12. #12
    Senior Member Bontrager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    My Bikes
    Road, MTB, Folding, Commuting bikes...
    Posts
    2,339
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, but we're discussing the 2000 TdF here
    08 Giant TCR Alliance Custom Build
    08 Trek 1000 Discovery Channel
    08 Fuji Outland Pro Custom Build (mostly Forge stuff)
    08 Forge Sawback 5xx MTB frame
    08 Downtube IX FS folding
    09.5 Downtube Front Suspension folding
    09 Diamondback Insight 1 flatbar road/beer
    09 Diamondback Clarity 1 flatbar road/beer
    1 bedroom apartment

  13. #13
    1/2 man,1/2 bear,1/2 pig ManBearPig's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    .
    My Bikes
    .
    Posts
    1,126
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are about 10 threads in the TDF and racing forum discussing this already.
    Ten threads aren't enough. We need eleven.

  14. #14
    EmperorNorton II norton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Florence, Mass
    My Bikes
    Dahon Helios SL, 1975 Stephen Rogers Custom, 05 Catrike Speed....(in the past) a tandem & a Vacuum Velocipede
    Posts
    581
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  15. #15
    El Diablo 2Rodies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Austin Tx, Ex So Cal
    My Bikes
    Cannondale CAAD8/Record 10s, Felt DA700 Chorus 10s,
    Posts
    2,750
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bontrager
    Yeah, but we're discussing the 2000 TdF here
    Well in that case I say he'll win and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is. Any takers!

  16. #16
    Retired Member ultra-g's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Queens New York
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Pisa, LeMond Poprad
    Posts
    1,181
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I guess we'll find out at the end of July
    I Changed My User Name!

  17. #17
    Don't Tase Me Bro! tharrel1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    114
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When does the Tour Start?

  18. #18
    Guest
    Guest
    Find a newer thread to discuss this in, please!

    Thanks!

    Koffee B.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •