The search for inner peace continues...
some big straightaways here for the big diesels: cancellara, leipheimer, evans.
Last edited by ooga-booga; 07-19-11 at 02:54 AM.
The search for inner peace continues...
Tony Martin to repeat his win of this stage in the Dauphiné.
History is the future
Don't get too mathematical. Crashes happen in TTs. I can't find the one where someone crashed on dry road and started throwing his bike. I can't remember who he was either.
But I did find a pretty good video of Cancellara doing it right.
Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.
It's Evans' race to lose. Don't forget that he rode the exact same TT at the Dauphine, which the Schlecks didn't ride. He has a double advantage tomorrow.
In the Dauphine', the last place rider was 10'26" behind the winner, Tony Martin. We'll see if the yellow gives AS wings. Evans will be two minutes ahead of AS on the road so AS will know how Evans is doing the whole way...whether he can do anything about it is another matter. We'll see if Frank can be 1:13 better than Voeckler, 2:34 better than Cunego and 2:58 better than Contador to hang on to the podium.
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I think Cadel Evans has finally got himself a TdF GC win after all these years. I just can't see either of the Schlecks coming within a minute of his TT finish tomorrow.
And I like the focus I saw all over his face in today's Stage 19.
I think Evans is going to put 1.20 into Andy Schleck and take yellow to Paris.
Even though I think Andy was the stronger rider overall, Cadel was more crafty throughout the 3 weeks, and that's why he's probably going to win his 1st TDF.
So he expended all that energy and great climbing ability following a guy almost 5 minutes down on GC. If he had just focused on Evans, he could have put time into him today, and that will probably be the difference between winning and losing.
What about in his interview today where he basically says that he expects the yellow jersey to magically make him a great time trailist? That does not seem like sound strategy to me.
Personally, I wish the last stage weren't a TT. A mountain stage is a much more dramatic finish.
I disagree. I think following a guy 60 miles from the finish is not a good way to conserve energy. He could have let Contador get away, while riding safely in the peloton marking Evans until the last 5k. Could he dislodge him in the last 5k? I think so. Andy is a better climber then Evans.
Contador was no longer a GC threat. No one needed to chase him.
There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
If Andy had the legs to stay with Contador, he would have gotten that extra 5x seconds AC got over both of them.
I think the initial plan was to start the last climb w/out Evans there and AS and AC work together to put as much time on everyone as possible.
Andy gets yellow, Contador gets podium, win win for them.
I think maybe he was thinking back to Floyd Landis's 'great escape', but the thing with Landis was that he could descend so quickly that no one could put even a second into him while he was descending. Normally when there is a long descent a group will come together again, and that's what happened today. Even Basso came back, and unlike his countryman Nibali, he's a horrible descender. I heard one person compare his descending skills to a pre-schooler on a tricycle.
Last edited by SouthFLpix; 07-22-11 at 01:41 PM.
Fun quote from Johnny Schleck. Is he playing mind games or what?
Unfortunately, his father Johnny described the situation a little differently. "I don't think it's possible," he told reporters on the finish line. "Cadel Evans is one of the best time triallists in the world, and he already knows the time trial well from the Dauphine. But I still have hope, and I know that the last week of the Tour also means different parameters. Both Fränk and Andy are strong in the last week, and perhaps Cadel will have a bad day."