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Date Posted: 09:58:27 09/13/04 Mon
Author: Nick
Subject: Re: Floyd Ullrich or Jan Landis?
In reply to: crit racer 's message, "Floyd Ullrich or Jan Landis?" on 09:45:44 09/13/04 Mon

It has always struck me that Heras's chances depend on the number of 15% gradients in the race. It is only on these very steep pitches that he is able to drop the field, although this year, he is not finding it so easy. When it is less steep, his lack of brutal power seems a liability. I feel if he is going to win, he has to take out bigger chunks of time (both today and yesterday) than he has been.

>Floyd, aside from actually being in the leader's
>jersey, :), reminds me somewhat of Jan Ullrich. Finds
>himself isolated in the mountains, gets dropped, then
>manages his deficit and limits his losses. He then
>can count on gaining time in the time trials, not as
>much time as Ullrich can gain but some time
>Clearly Postal didn't bring a team to the Vuelta
>capable of imposing its will on the race. But then
>they've said as much from day one.
>I remain convinced that Heras isn't as strong as
>everyone seems to think he is. He's clawing time here
>and there but he has more than Landis to worry about.
>As others have pointed out, if Landis gains any time
>at all on Heras on Sierra Nevada, no way will Heras
>win the Vuelta. Landis might not either; I think
>Landis wins if he gets stronger as the race
>progresses, he loses obviously if he gets weaker.
>Time also for USPS to sacrifice Beltran in support of

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