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Horner wants to go to the Tour

Apr 11, 2009
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“When we arrive at the Tour, Lance knows I am going to be his guardian angel. When it comes to the mountains, I will be there for Lance,” Horner told VeloNews. “I get along with Lance really well. Lance knows that I know what my job is. There is no chance where I wouldn’t work for someone on the team. Everyone on this team knows it.”




Is this all about Lance, no?

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Full disclosure: I think Chris is a great rider and deserves to go. Just a joke about the Church of the Shack, and Very Reverend Lance Moon. And hoping to see the Reverend Moon, Most Ascendant in the Order of VAM, disciple of Saint Michele of Ferrari, beat the Schlocks this year, but not everyone..


http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/06/news/horner-‘i-will-be-lance’s-guardian-angel’_120696
 
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Yeah, I laughed when I read that. I guess after last year's disappointment he isn't above whoring himself out a bit. He deserves to be there and he only has a few years left so I can see where he's coming from.
 
We discussed this in the "Armstrong" thread, so I'll just repeat what I posted there:

I think it is sad that a rider as experienced and capable as Horner has been reduced to begging for a slot on the Tour squad not by pointing to his form and accomplishments for the year but by promising to be Armstrong's toady.
 
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BroDeal said:
We discussed this in the "Armstrong" thread, so I'll just repeat what I posted there:

I think it is sad that a rider as experienced and capable as Horner has been reduced to begging for a slot on the Tour squad not by pointing to his form and accomplishments for the year but by promising to be Armstrong's toady.

+1. He's been one of the highlights of the whole RS "experiment" this year...and he's reduced to groveling?
 
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scribe said:
Has there ever been any question horner would go? Seems like a no-brainer now that berto ain't calling the shots

Yes, really disappointed he couldn't go last year: he got caught up in the Lance/Bertie intra-team dispute. Nothing to do with him. But the wrong decision last year was the Hog's.
 
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Parrot23 said:
Yes, really disappointed he couldn't go last year: he got caught up in the Lance/Bertie intra-team dispute. Nothing to do with him. But the wrong decision last year was the Hog's.

The pressure was on hog to provide Bertie with guys Bertie was comfortable with. The decision was charitable, but might have cost the team another podium spot.
 
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scribe said:
The pressure was on hog to provide Bertie with guys Bertie was comfortable with. The decision was charitable, but might have cost the team another podium spot.

I was under the impression that the decisions was out of Bruyneel's hands to some degree - the Astana ownership group wanted more Kazakh riders and they sign the checks (or don't, as the case may be;) )
 
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BroDeal said:
We discussed this in the "Armstrong" thread, so I'll just repeat what I posted there:

I think it is sad that a rider as experienced and capable as Horner has been reduced to begging for a slot on the Tour squad not by pointing to his form and accomplishments for the year but by promising to be Armstrong's toady.

Hi, Bro, I find it more funny than anything else. Possibly Velonews spliced quotes from him out of order, as done with 60 Minutes interviews on TV. Seems like "office" behaviour, except the office here is a bike.

Guess Chris knows who the "boss" is, and maybe Lance will learn who the boss is once he meets Novitzky. I hear the latter packs some "heat", ROFLMAO. Been wondering whether he's good at "Hog"-tying too. :D
 
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benpounder said:
What makes you think he was pacing Tejay?

It was pretty obvious on the broadcast - he dropped back from the chasing group when Tejay could not hold, spoke to him and then tried to pace him back.

I too was disappointed that Horner was not prominent in assisting Brakjovic early in the climb. IIRC his support of Evans at Lotto was generally a few places behind when the gradient pointed up almost as if his role was to pace the leader back if he cracked (a la Tejay).
 
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Really hard day. He says they were all pretty well smashed from the get go, long before they got to Alpe d'Huez. See his account...and the pic. of him at the finish.

http://www.chrishornerracing.com/articles/

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scribe said:
The pressure was on hog to provide Bertie with guys Bertie was comfortable with. The decision was charitable, but might have cost the team another podium spot.

FFS that crap is back again. Ok you're right if Horner was selected for last years TdF, Astana would've placed 1-9 in GC, points, KoM and would've won the all important team classification by several tours.
 
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BYOP88 said:
FFS that crap is back again. Ok you're right if Horner was selected for last years TdF, Astana would've placed 1-9 in GC, points, KoM and would've won the all important team classification by several tours.

I know this is woulda/coulda, but let's not go crazy here. ;)
 
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Parrot23 said:
Really hard day. He says they were all pretty well smashed from the get go, long before they got to Alpe d'Huez. See his account...and the pic. of him at the finish.

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Excellent blog. New respect for today's ride especially as the Astana guys did not take long to fall away as they hit Alpe D'Huez.
 
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Nearly said:
It was pretty obvious on the broadcast - he dropped back from the chasing group when Tejay could not hold, spoke to him and then tried to pace him back..
Obvious??? Proximity is not causality.

What was obvious to me was that very few riders were capable of hanging on when Contador decided to animate the race. That two Yanks shucked off the back, hooked up to finish together is by no means incriminating. Further, that they finished just 1:30 down is hardly indicitative that either were really in any trouble.

If Horner fell back to, say another Yank as far back as Menchov - and then rode together - then yes, you might have a point
 

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