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Date Posted: 13:34:32 09/15/04 Wed
Author: Dave Tormley
Subject: Re: Horner should be in Europe
In reply to: Knod 's message, "Horner should be in Europe" on 12:36:14 09/15/04 Wed

No one doubts Horner is the strongest domestic USA pro. He'd be a great domestique in Europe. But he doesn't want to be a domestique. He says he wants to be a leader. If he'd won the Tour de Georgia (his own Tour de France), then maybe some European team might have gone for him. But against Armstrong and Voigt, Horner showed he was as strong as a bull but they still kept him at arm's length with ease. And Armstrong was a long way from peak fitness then. However good and strong Horner is, there are plenty of guys out there who are better. And that's the real reason why he's not being asked to lead any European team.

>If there was any doubt that Horner deserves to be in
>Europe at the highest level of cycling, it should be
>gone after what he did at in the last 25 miles of
>T-Mobile to bring back a four minute gap to Jason
>McCartney. He did the lion's share of the work with
>Ekimov until Eki blew and then with Rubiera until
>Chechu blew. Horner was making 50-60 second pulls
>with Eki and Chechu doing about 20 second pulls. He
>sacrificed himself entirely to set up Dionne for an
>amazing finish...and he did it because he was the ONLY
>guy in the race strong enough to do it (including
>every Euro-Pro there). If he hadn't been pulling,
>McCartney would have won. And his efforts destroyed
>the field down to a 12-man group that included only 2
>or 3 other domestic pros.
>I don't know why CSC or Phonak doesn't pick him up to
>help their Grand Tour emphases? I know he's old (32),
>but you can't deny his strength.

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  • Been there done that -- Rivet, 15:03:20 09/15/04 Wed
  • Re: Been there done that -- julian, 15:28:48 09/15/04 Wed
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