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Old 07-24-04, 01:12 PM   #1
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Azevedo and Landis

With the Vuelta in the future and the Tour ending I've stated thinking about who USPS is going to send as captain for the vuelta. I would love to see landis take a shot at a grand tour, I think he could do top 10 if not top 5 possibly. On the other hand, azevedo did a top five in the tour and has shown he can do some pretty nice things in the mountains and time trials. Plus it seems like many of the riders that dropped out, hamilton, mayo, heras, could make the vuelta as hotly contested as the tour. I heard hamilton say something like he was thinking of the vuelta. Of course heras won last year but I don't know if he just screwed up really badly in the tour or if he is having a bad year. Maybe saiz's no racing for a month before the tour, didn't work out quite right!
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I think it will be Azevedo as the leader with Landis as his chief lieutenant.
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They will probably enter with a few potential leaders, and see how things shake out after the first couple of deciding stages.

They went that way last year, I'm pretty sure.

So many climbers leaving the Tour still looking for results... and the Vuelta is looking quite mountainous this year (always is, but more than usual!)... could make for a great race.
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I think it will be Azevedo as the leader with Landis as his chief lieutenant.
If that ends up being true (as seems likely) then I wonder if that would push Landis toward accepting an offer from another team? With the taste of success he has had this year, he may find it tough to never get a sniff at winning himself.
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But is Landis too young and raw still? Obviously his climbing skills and time trialing are coming up and are pretty good. But can he use them every time the road turns way up or when the clock starts running? Remember, azevedo was with armstrong in the mountains for a few days then landis for a few. Azevedo is obviously the better time trialer and seeing as how the past how many vueltas have come down to the last time trial, I think azevedo should lead. Of course landis has really grown this year and has been with postal longer. I agree that the co captain thing and seeing who is going better will probably be the name of the game.
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[QUOTE=TriDevil]Azevedo is obviously the better time trialer[QUOTE]

I don't see how he's any better. Landis did better today and the prolougue. Azevedo did better on the l'Alpe d'Huez TT, but they may have had Landis lay off a little for the next day.
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i imagine they'll send them both and see who is on better form
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They did indeed tell Landis not to go "vollebak" on Alpe d'Huez. He said that after stage 17.
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All of the above and USPS will be riding the Giro next year. While I'd really like to see LA be the captain there the odds are one of those 2 guys will be called on. The advent of the Pro Tour might just keep Landis on USPS a year or 2 longer.

Both of those guys are real, real close to being "The Man" for his own team.

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I agree it would look good as a 'co-captain see what happens' choice.
I'd love to see Landis land it.
and seeing the tour de france come to a close, it's good to be looking forward to the vuelta. with all those disappointments from big names, it should brew up a good storm.
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I love the Vuelta. So many mountain stages, and so many mountaintop finishes (six this year). It's going to be great!
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Here's the team from last year:

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11 Roberto Heras (Spa)
12 Michael Barry (Can)
13 Manuel Beltran (Spa)
14 George Hincapie (USA)
15 Benoit Joachim (Lux)
16 Floyd Landis (USA)
18 José Luis Rubiera (Spa)
19 Max van Heeswijk (Ned)

So of these guys, only Heras is no longer with the team, his place being assumed by Azevedo. Azevedo will likely be primed to be the team leader for the GC. I wouldn't be surprised to see Benjamin Noval and/or Victor Hugo Peña on the team. Probably depends on who will be coming into form in time for the race.
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[QUOTE=TriDevil]Azevedo is obviously the better time trialer[QUOTE]

I don't see how he's any better. Landis did better today and the prolougue. Azevedo did better on the l'Alpe d'Huez TT, but they may have had Landis lay off a little for the next day.

Now that I am reading my post again I don't see how azevedo is any better either! Landis definetly can ride against the clock and obviously can make it up the mountains! I think I was only thinking of alpe d'huez in terms of TT skills. It makes sense that johan did send everyone balls to the wall on that stage as indeed landis rode a hell of a stage the next day. Either way I think USPS will have good podium prospects for the vuelta.
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