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Stage 16 and Possible early Coverage

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BroDeal said:
All that LANCE/LIVESTRONG/NIKE writing on the road must have been paid for by either Armstrong or Nike.

and as we all know, bro baffoo just can't pass up the slightest opportunity to bash lance.
it just makes him feel tingly all over.
so predictable is a bore.
 
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EuroHoody at Velonews just said: "Check that: I see five or six Astanas swarming in that maglia rosa group, the most of any GC team".
 
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On bike handling, Tyler Hamilton's problem always seemed to be falls at critical times. Luck or poor handling, not sure, but it sure is costly when they hit the deck.

Anyone hear of the case of Van Velde falling? Was it a broken front fork (ie. spontaneous equipment failure)?

(I've seen some failures for Garmin with Felt bikes before. Not sure, just wondering if they went too fast to a newer bike co. for a good deal.)
 
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Could be sign now of at least the chance of a possible resorting of the deck at the top (never know when someone's going to pop). Tough to pop on penultimate climb, with still another to go.
 
With the intense heat today it's a completely diffrent factor than the previous stages. Not only do they have to deal with the climbs which we know who are better than who most of the time they also have this other random unrelated factor to cope with. All of a sudden riders that have looked ok one day can be totally gone the next day because they can't handle the heat.
 
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Parrot23 said:
It's the same guy (Californian, I think). Must be loaded: goes to all the GT's, multiple stages.

I'm following by text today...is he wearing the Leipheimer kit again???

--on another note, about tactics--

Why is Popo mixing it up with the lead group like this?? Isn't he using a ton of energy that I figured he'd be saving to help tow Levi on up the summit finish? I guess i just don't see a bene to Levi's GC hopes by attacking the break...
 
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Velonews just said:

'And with Popovych up there, Astana gets to sit in the catbird seat, riding behind the Rabos. Not a bad situation to be in.

With so many Astanas with Leipheimer, Popo might be given wings to go for the stage. He obviously looks fresh and a stage victory is never bad for 'moral'
 
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Parrot23 said:
Velonews just said:

'And with Popovych up there, Astana gets to sit in the catbird seat, riding behind the Rabos. Not a bad situation to be in.

With so many Astanas with Leipheimer, Popo might be given wings to go for the stage. He obviously looks fresh and a stage victory is never bad for 'moral'

True.

But by his own admission, this is THE stage for Levi to attack if he wants to get some time into Menchov, isn't it? The way that dude TT'd the other day, I'd say it's going to be dificult to get 43 seconds back on a 16KM TT...
 
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Parrot23 said:
Hard to disagree with that.

Premise with Popo up the road is that Levi WILL attack, MIGHT attack. I dunno.

Agreed...who knows. It'd be cool if he does try to attack though...just to see him try!

Going to shut all this down now and plug my ears until I get home and can watch that last 30KM on DVR...

cheers :D