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Old 07-26-04, 10:00 AM   #1
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Indurain vs. Armstrong

Both were the dominate time trial riders of their time. My question is, putting aside different equipment, who was the better TT rider?

To me it's a toss up.
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Old 07-26-04, 11:27 AM   #2
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Hard to say, but I'd give the slight nod to Indurain. I've never seen Lance totally defeat the competition the way Indurain did, putting 3+ minutes over the 2nd place riders, etc.

But then again I have to wonder if we've even seen Lance give an all-out effort, like on Saturday's ITT he put 47 seconds on the field at the first time check, which then stayed much more steady (growing about what, 20 seconds for the rest of the 30+km). Which is the smart way to ride the TT when you are so far ahead, why risk going down or missing a corner. Last years final ITT was going to be a hell of a run, and if I'm not mistaken before Jan's crash (and before the more complex piece of the course) those two guys were pushing LeMond's record for a much longer course.

I guess we'll know a little better if/when Lance decides to go for the hour record.

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It's really close. Both are the best time trialists in the history of the Tour, I'd say.

I really can't choose. Too bad they could never go head to head in their primes.
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Indurain.. why?

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Wow.

Thanks for putting that all into perspective. Looks like he could have gone on for longer if he felt like it. The older Indurain got, the more races he did well in!

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I think you guys missed the point.

Laggard asked who was the better TT rider (time trialist for the uninformed). Not the better all around rider or who has the better palmares.
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Indurain did have the advantage of unlimited technolgy, but Armstrong has limits on the frame geometry and weight.
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Old 07-26-04, 08:03 PM   #8
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I think you guys missed the point.

Laggard asked who was the better TT rider (time trialist for the uninformed). Not the better all around rider or who has the better palmares.
Thanks, Devil.
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Old 07-27-04, 04:09 PM   #9
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Indurain was like an Ullrich without the bad habits- skinnier, more dedicated, all power. Tough to back against in long races and also good in prologue-type sprints. Armstrong is probably the better all-rounder, would probably shade him on hillier tests and almost certainly take the mountain TT's.

If my life depended on the outcome, I'd............

wait and look at the course profile;-)
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Old 07-27-04, 04:18 PM   #10
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Both were the dominate time trial riders of their time. My question is, putting aside different equipment, who was the better TT rider?

To me it's a toss up.
Indurain...but not by much. I don't think Armstrong could do the hour like Indo, and on the flats Indurain looked like a locomotive...
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Old 07-27-04, 06:15 PM   #11
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On a flat TT course my nod would go to Indurain. I don't think anyone
put out the pure power that he does.
On an uphill or roller type of TT, pretty much a toss up.
If it were L'Alpe D'Huez, or Ventoux Armstrong by a large margin,
Big Mig was able to hang on in the mountains but never dominated.

As for Big Mig's dominance and huge time gaps over 2nd, etc. I don't
seem to recall any other big TT riders of the time. Is this perhaps
why he seemed so dominant?

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Lotek...

don't forget Tony Rominger. Good TT guy and hour record holder.

Didn't get much change from Indurain, though!
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Armstrong is definitely stronger on the moutain but Indurain even if he could, he wouldnt break away and leave everyone behind. He normally had a big time advantage once the mountain came or he knew he would make it up on the ITT. Many times he could have won or step up the tempo in the climb but he usually never did it and many many times he let the other guy take the stage - like Armstrong did with Basso (but without saying he let them win). He didnt have the take it all approach that Lance has, so he saved himself in the mountains, i dont think we will ever know how good he could have been there.
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Lotek...

don't forget Tony Rominger. Good TT guy and hour record holder.

Didn't get much change from Indurain, though!
Forgot about Rominger, I was thinking Tour only. . . Doh!

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Both were the dominate time trial riders of their time. My question is, putting aside different equipment, who was the better TT rider?

To me it's a toss up.
I would say a toss up as well
Both were very consistantly dominant, in comparison to their rivals, and their TT rivals in particular.
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I think you guys missed the point.
Seems like you missed the point of all the other posts. Sounds to me like they were discussing the thread as intended: TTs. Not sure where you get the "Overall" and the "Palmeres" listing was to show all of Indurain's TT wins as support for the argument that he's better. Maybe I read a different thread...

Anyway, Indurain, defintely, but Lance would be a tough contender...
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Threres no use comparing them. Very different kind of racers, different type of men.

Indurain is a peasant boy coming from and going back behind the wheel of the family tractor and his general manners are like that. Always meek and modest, with a kind smile of the simple villageman. Phisically he is just a tremenous build with the lungs and heart of a bison. And avoiding misunderstandings, he can break away even in the mountains, remember the 1995 Alpe D'Huez stage, when chasing Alex Zülle. And never was a one task rider. Not compareable with a boy living just from the start only of sports for sports and sports cars.

And for a word to what is greatness: remember the 1995 road world championship. Breaking away (again) with Abraham Olano, who had a flat tyre in the last kms. Riding together Indurain pulled his breaks before the line. Giving somebody weaker a world championship for respect is something Armstrong could never imagine, he is too much a cruel professional for that.
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I have followed both Armstrong and Indurain closely during their careers. I am a big fan of both these riders. I am of the opinion that Indurain was a much better time trialist..and Lance is a better climber. I'm not sure how they would fare against one another if both could meet on equal terms in a tour..both in their prime. My guess is that the Indurain we saw in the 1992 Tour de France was perhaps unbeatable. It's very close..but I say Indurain was a better time trialer. It was Indurains time trialing that won him so many races. He simply followed in the mountains. Lance attacks in the mountains...as he did in the 2003 race(when Ullrich didn't wait for him when he went down)

Lest we forget..Greg lemond has ridden the fastest time trial of all time...1989
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I'd have to say Indurain was the better TT rider. He more than crushed the competition.
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also..it was Indurain's climbing that failed him in the '96 Tour...but it was his time trialing that won him the Olypic Gold medal just a few months removed from his crushing defeat in the tour. Again...Lance is a far better climber. Doesn't Lance hold the record for climbing Alpe 'dHuez?..and Indurain went up that climb many times and never set the(37 minutes) record.
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I could be wrong but I think Pantani still holds the Alpe 'dHuez record and it was not a time trial when he set it.
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Pantini still holds the record on the Alpe D Huez
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I could be wrong but I think Pantani still holds the Alpe 'dHuez record and it was not a time trial when he set it.
It was a road stage, but how doped up was he?
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Marco never tested positive for anything!
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Marco never tested positive for anything!

I believe he was not aloud to race because his hemocrit levels were too high, way too high. I believe that elevated hemocrit levels are a sign of epo usage.
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