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Doesn't tell me me much... LOL.WillemS said:That does not tell me much. If Pantani were allowed to continue during the '99 Giro, then he probably would have dominated for a while. However, that was not the case and he never regained his former level. Armstrong never had to deal with such a major blow to his program.
this is my first thought. armstrong would have been close-ish on the climbs, probably superior in the tt, and would have mind f---ed pantani to death in between.Archibald said:physically Pantani would have topped him.
mentally, with Wonderboy's games and antics, I'm not so sure...
Hard to say if Lance was ever forced to ride to his limits.I seen some stages with the actual top guys,where they give the impression they could go even faster but they hold back for the obvious reasons.jens_attacks said:
I say he absolutely was pushed to his limits in 2003MBotero said:Hard to say if Lance was ever forced to ride to his limits.I seen some stages with the actual top guys,where they give the impression they could go even faster but they hold back for the obvious reasons.
USPS also wasn't nearly as strong in 1999 as what it would soon become. They had some strong guys on the flats, but Hamilton and Livingston were his only help in the mountains. Andreu was fourth on the team in GC and he lost 2hr.jens_attacks said:
roundabout said:Only Zülle finished within 90 seconds basically on Sestriere.
Game over from there.
2011 also saw a big group (edit: 6 riders. Thought it was more) together.roundabout said:10 people (ok, I checked and it was Guerini +8) within 20 seconds at the finish is rather unusual for Alpe d'Huez
Edit: there was a rather large group behind Mayo in 2003 as well. Another slow climb, incidentally.