Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Renard, 18 Jul 2007.
In 2005 he fell of twice and changed his bike 3 or 4 times in the last TT on the final saturday!
Actually the TT from Hell was two years ago, but he'll need a few minutes on some of the specialists that are there now!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't really know but I'm sure I saw Boardman on ITV4 saying he could lose as much as 10 minutes in 110km of ITTing. Sounds like a lot to me but then Boardman knows a bit more about bike racing than I do...
I don't think he'll lose that much time but he will lose time. 2 factors - he's got to have improved given his previous showings, and the long TT has significant climbs in it, which suits him more than a flat course.
His head could get to him!!!!!
he is bad, really bad. the overrunning into the ditch could have happened to anyone i suppose.
its when he ditched it on the roundabout, he was going quite fast. He just got the fear, and put his foot down.
He may have improved. I hope he hasn't got worse. i will be recording it, just in case it as amusing as the last one
well, he can only improve on his previous efforts.
Christ, I remember watching his 2005 effort whilst sitting in a bar in Paris - I thought someone had spiked my drink and I was hallucinating!
i reckon he thought that as well.
i do remember getting upset that they kept showing repeats of him getting a bike change.
then realised it wasn't repeats.
still... he still didn't throw his bike as far as Riis did in a TT.
Bet he could if he was on EPO....
Can he make another 10 minutes in the Pyrenees though? How much of a safety margin does he need?
If he repeats is performance of Stage 8 he could well put ten minutes on the others, although I think from now on he will be more closely marked and challenged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think he needs only 5 minutes or so on Valverde, Kloden and Evans, but Keith's right, they wont be giving him a second from now on in the hills. That's why I think Valv.piti is still best placed for yellow in Paris.
Anyone know how Contador's TT ability compares? He's obviously huge in the mountains and just what the sport needs I reckon over the next few years.
[quote name='ivancarlos][quote name='Keith Oates']Actually the TT from Hell was two years ago' date=' but he'll need a few minutes on some of the specialists that are there now!!!!!!!!!!!!![/quote']
My mistake . It was two years ago as he lost a podium place to Ullrich.[/quote]
Don't worry about it, even Chris Boardman on ITV yesterday said... it was last year.
Shows how quick time flies.
I'd like to think that he has improved his TT. If you did as bad as he did in 05, what would you have worked on in the off season? As there is one of the TT's before we get to the Pyrenees, we should know a lot more about his chances by Saturday evening.
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