Thoughtforfood said:Exactly. He gave it all he could and suggesting that only someone who raced would understand he didn't is pure bullsh!t. This was the first stage of the Tour de F'ing France, not the Safeway Grand Prix in the next town over.
Man... he absolutely gave it all he could... you don't hold back in a TT. EVER. The problem is pacing, pure and simple. That, and his form probably isn't 100%, yet.
He also said that he's the lightest that he's ever been in prior TdF's... that could DEFINITELY reduce his power in the TT's.
However, it WOULD help his climbing. Maybe he figures that since Alberto's climbing is much better than average while his TT ability is slightly better than average (and it looks like he put a lot of work into building that strength), it would be to Lance's benefit to sacrifice a little TT ability to gain some strength on the climbs.