Let's start by making it clear I am NOT a Lance fanboy. I believe I am firmly in the other camp on this one.
I also haven't seen or heard anything that would lend even the slightest shred of credibility to what I am postulating.
So here it is: I was thinking about a thread that has since disappeared regarding JB statements about LA's number being the best January numbers EVAR.
This is most likely nonsense and just some preseason hype to keep the new sponsor in the news.
Then I was wondering how those numbers (if true) would look against his previous March numbers. This we will never know but (and here is the leap, folks) if his Jan 2010 numbers stack up against previous March numbers that would put him on track to peak way too early for the TdF.
It would put him on target for the Giro, though.
Then I started thinking what a great tactical move that would be.
LA and JB certainly are no dumbies. They have years of hard data and, if the numbers are what they most likely really are then LA and JB certainly have come to the conclusion that a TdF win (or even podium) is out of the question given the competition and the course for 2010. Finishing off the podium would pretty much spell the end for LA (in his mind) as best as I can tell.
So what to do?
LA has always been criticized for focusing only on the TdF so why not shut up the critics with a Giro win? I haven't seen the course for the 2010 Giro and a win certainly isn't a gimme but LA showing up there, in top form would definitely make him a favourite.
Also, there would be HUGE appearance fees for him from the Giro organizers and it would be a giant FU to the TdF organizers.
I know 'The Shack' is US based but do any of the other sponsors have interests in the Italian market?
That's pretty much as far as I've run with this thing as my 5 hour ride was winding down and I had to start thinking about traffic and stuff as I cooled down.