or, more realistically, he had a classic jour sans like we used to see in tour riding all the time. the freakish era of strong GC riders riding hard everyday and recovering in 24 hours from a hard performance to ride just as hard the next day may have been an anomaly.
ghost of Floyd Freakin Landis wrote:
How does that dude lose 29 minutes to the leader in one stage on Sunday, then come right back the next day to win the next stage?
Answer: He didn't get resupplied with stuff until Sunday night. Probably was supposed to get it Sunday morning and the shipment didn't show up in time.
What is more exciting:
Which is more exciting:
a) 73 home runs in a year
b) 40 home runs in a year
a) 2:05 marathon
b) 2:09 marathon
a) 300lb linemen running across the field taking out a running back
b) 300lb linemen jogging across the field missing a running back.
I'm guessing all A's?
I've wondered the same thing about the importance of that stage and the peloton's underestimation of Rasmussen. But to his credit, he continues to ride very well and there is no reason to not expect Rasmussen to have one big stage in the mountains regardless. But I do hope Contrador can muster one more great mountain stage and gain some time on Rasmussen. It's too bad that Vino has been so up and down, as he sure adds a lot of excitement to the race. Obviously, he got ahead today because of yesterday's disaster, but it would have been that much more intriguing to have him one great time trial away from the yellow jersey.
wondering seriously wrote:
two big things that seem very important thing
1) ras was essentialy let go on stage 8 because the contenders didn't think he was a threat
wish they could get those three minutes back now
2) on that very stage contodor had to change his wheel and lost about 30 seconds
those seconds seem very important
basically in summary ras got very lucky because the leaders got him go that one day when they really shouldn't have and also when valv tanked ras had a huge carrot
disco didn't through everything they had today. They pretty much chilled and then contodar attacked way way to late. I think once he realized ras was hangingn he was just playing with him and gaining the mental edge. Maybe this is all wrong but today was a boring stage until 2km from the top.
Words. Nothing more. Contador can't do it without his team and DSC and Contador went apeshit today and look what happened? Nothing. Razzy is just too strong in the mountains. They'll have to gun it from the start and they won't because they all still have to finish the Tour. I bet Contador burns out, has a 1:00 or more lead heading into the last climb to the finish and eats shit. Razzy knows where he stands. 2:30 is a lot to make up in two stages. It won't happen. The only hope is for DSC to attack like they did today and hope Razzy is too fatigued for the TT (on Saturday?).
If they didn't get it done today then how can they do it tommorrow? Today's stage was more difficult.