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Originally Posted by chzman
actually i had similar thoughts when i watched Rasmussen destroy the entire pro peloton... how is he THAT much better than the best in the world?
I suppose we'll see now, eh?

Rasmussen was on a MUCH longer leash since the big teams all assumed he was no big threat to the GC, particularly given his lack of TT ability, his 'I'm here to win the Tour de France' comments to the media aside. Will he be allowed to escape that early tomorrow without an immediate reaction? I seriously doubt it.

Stay tuned. Generally speaking a killer climber has a much tougher time winning the Tour de France than a great TT specialist (like Indurain) who can climb well enough to limit his losses in the high mtns. Lance won 7 Tours in large part because he could also absolutely nail your head to the floor on a mountain stage. Rasmussen can establish a lead of several mins. in the mountains perhaps, but will he maintain that over 100k of individual TT's.

Very interesting Tour to be sure.
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