Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

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07/16/2004| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne
Ivan Basso (Team CSC) wins the tough mountain stage ahead of Lance Armstrong (US Postal). Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Ivan Basso (Team CSC) wins the tough mountain stage ahead of Lance Armstrong (US Postal). Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

Tour de France - Stage 12.

Tour de France - stage 12

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Seems like I said the Posties wouldn?t make their move until stage 13. Well, the move was made but I don?t think they intended to do it until tomorrow! I?ll have a talk with Johan about that.

 

 

So why did USPS draw blood today? Was it the wet roads? Was it the unexpected struggle by some of the GC contenders? Did they just want me to look bad? I still think tomorrow is critical.

 

I enjoy mountain top stage finishes. It?s like watching a sprint finish only it takes a while longer! The first ?sprint? came when Mayo and Ullrich gapped Lance by about 20 seconds on the decent of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Col
d? Aspin. Big George, Landis, and Azevedo were key domestiques today. The rain stopped and it turned humid. The pace was strong and then there was trouble.
Hamilton
was essentially already gone. Ullrich and Mayo slipped off. In the end, Basso crosses the line for the stage win with Lance getting the same time. Lance slaps Mayo by putting another on him and punches Ullrich and Hamilton with and respectively.


 


 

I don?t think the first day of a mountain stage wins or loses the Tour but it makes an impact. What?s more important is how you do on the 2 nd, 3 rd, and 4 th mountain day. Maybe I will still be right about my stage 13 prediction!

 

On another note, Voeckler is showing signs of a true champion by digging deep to defend the yellow jersey. He keeps bouncing back and displays tremendous courage. He truly deserves to wear the yellow and
France
should be proud of him. He might not be around much longer.

 


Basso told Roadcycling.com that "It was difficult for a lot of riders, but I had good legs and I just seized my chance." He added that "For me it was a fantastic day, the team protected me so well for 10 days. Bjarne doesn't put pressure on me and tells me just to keep calm and feel the race. Bjarne likes to decide in the race what we'll do."

 

Riis commented that "We've been very patient with Ivan. We've been working with him and he's responded well to the training program and he's such a hard worker."


 


Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com as the Tour continues!

 

Dave Osborne

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