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Lance sure blows as a team mate.

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Lance sure blows as a team mate.

Looks like he has totally given up.

Finishing 5 minutes down on a midlevel stage.

Sure isn't supporting Levi on the climbs.

Good thing he doesn't care about the team comp. Good thing he isn't top five on the team.
 
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McClimber said:
Lance sure blows as a team mate.

Looks like he has totally given up.

Finishing 5 minutes down on a midlevel stage.

Sure isn't supporting Levi on the climbs.

Good thing he doesn't care about the team comp. Good thing he isn't top five on the team.

It seems like he isn't performing, maybe his saddle sore is incapacitating him to some extent? I expect him to muck in a bit tomorrow.
 
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McClimber said:
Lance sure blows as a team mate.

Looks like he has totally given up.

Finishing 5 minutes down on a midlevel stage.

Sure isn't supporting Levi on the climbs.

Good thing he doesn't care about the team comp. Good thing he isn't top five on the team.

Good thing he is rested for the real mountains. If he does nothing there come back and make the point.
 
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Yea, he was laughing riding in today, and if you notice, all of Astana's climbers came in behind him. I think maybe tomorrow or Thursday we will see Armstrong go out and try to win a stage. He is just padding his deficit to ensure they let him go off the front I think.
 
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I would however suggest that Bottle might feel a bit of sting from the fact that he isn't getting any support. Someone wrote something here recently about Horner making a comment about not burying himself for an 8th place rider. If that is true, Bottle would have every right to feel slighted as he has ridden a good race for him. Not good enough for a podium, but he has put in some effort for RS. Funny too is the fact that P&P and that dumba$$ Bob Roll rarely if ever mention him. Could also have to do with the fact that the camera rarely if ever searches him out. Anyway, the guy has all of the personality of melba toast, so its no wonder nobody notices him.
 
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Climbing at 1994-5 level. Hmmm.....

How many times has he crashed in the neutral zone?

The guy has a lot to learn.
 
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Well he can try to do something tomorrow but will fail in his task... He will be dropped big time... His mind is not anymore here in the TdF...
 
Levi currently sits 6th at 1:21 from the podium. All he needs is one below average day by Menchov and Samuel Sánchez, and he could come 3rd in Paris. If that's not enough to get him some support from his team that's because his name isn't Armstrong. It's pathetic really.
 
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But crashing in the damn neutral zone!

Not even the Euskadi guys do that at PR!

I hope for Karma's sake that he had just uttered some curse in regards to Greg Lemond before he went down.
 
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Why is Armstrong looking at trying to win a stage when his teammate is fighting to get on the podium?

Because narcissistic personality disorder is incurable.
 
Why was Vino looking for a stage win when his teammate is fighting for the yellow jersey? Let's not get too carried away here. Levi would have enough support with Lance in a free role, if only the other RS guys didn't have to cover Moreau's attacks.
 
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Why was Vino looking for a stage win when his teammate is fighting for the yellow jersey? Let's not get too carried away here. Levi would have enough support with Lance in a free role, if only the other RS guys didn't have to cover Moreau's attacks.

This.

Their obsession the the Teams Comp is what is really hampering Levi. Reading Chris Horner's blog post the team just seemed beat from covering CGE
 
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Why was Vino looking for a stage win when his teammate is fighting for the yellow jersey? Let's not get too carried away here. Levi would have enough support with Lance in a free role, if only the other RS guys didn't have to cover Moreau's attacks.

Easy answer. Vino's attack yesterday forced Saxo to expend energy chasing, which helps Alberto. Today's attack was perfect and didn't distract from Alberto in any way.

Lance wants to attack in the mountains, which is exactly where Levi needs the most help.
 
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yeah kinda sucks they should support him more. la is 25min down anyways he is done mentally and probably physically as well maybe he will try a stage win move but he looks pretty crushed to me.
 
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McClimber said:
Lance sure blows as a team mate.

Looks like he has totally given up.

Finishing 5 minutes down on a midlevel stage.

Sure isn't supporting Levi on the climbs.

Good thing he doesn't care about the team comp. Good thing he isn't top five on the team.

I think Lance is so used to the world revolving around him that he doesn't know how to reciprocate the favors. It is also quite possible that he is being so closely monitored that he has to do it without his usual 'vitamin cocktail' ;)
 
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I would however suggest that Bottle might feel a bit of sting from the fact that he isn't getting any support. Someone wrote something here recently about Horner making a comment about not burying himself for an 8th place rider. If that is true, Bottle would have every right to feel slighted as he has ridden a good race for him. Not good enough for a podium, but he has put in some effort for RS. Funny too is the fact that P&P and that dumba$$ Bob Roll rarely if ever mention him. Could also have to do with the fact that the camera rarely if ever searches him out. Anyway, the guy has all of the personality of melba toast, so its no wonder nobody notices him.

Yesterday, on the last climb, the floating RadioShack icon on Versus was pointing out LL. Only problem was that it pointed outside of the screen. So they showed a few climbers and reminded us that LL was somewhere behind them out of view. Pretty funny really but also a bit sad.
 
Don't feel bad for LL. He knew exactly what he was getting into when you signed his contract. The team revolves around LA and everybody knew that going in to the Tour. LL is not complaining about lack of support (unlike Evans the past few years) so I guess he's OK with it.