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Date Posted: 22:40:05 09/15/04 Wed
Author: Vaughn Trevi
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

I have no doubt Horner would hold his own and do well in Europe.
I believe that it was a 5 minute split at the start line where I was when Horner and Webcor went into action. Horner and the team, believe me he used up a few members of Webcor pushing the pace the first two laps, before he took over with USPS.
Horner did the same thing at Sea Otter this year after Klasna blew apart on the last stage trying to hold onto his lead. Chris held back on the attack until he saw that Klasna could not keep the leaders jersey. When he attacked he took back 3 minutes in 3 laps to take the victory.
The impressive thing about San Fran was that Horner read the race perfectly to protect and launch Dionne for the win.
His first words after crossing the finish line were, "Now thats team work."
It isn't just the legs, it takes a lot more to win races at this level. It was a thing of beauty to see the teamwork and the final result.

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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  • Re: Horner should be in Europe (NT) -- and the star pitcher of your little league team should be in the majors, 06:59:33 09/16/04 Thu
  • Re: Horner should be in Europe -- Knod, 07:40:11 09/16/04 Thu
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