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Date Posted: 20:50:37 08/28/04 Sat
Author: Sam
Subject: Re: WTF happened to USPS today?
In reply to: Anita 's message, "Re: WTF happened to USPS today?" on 12:57:01 08/28/04 Sat

It's a little odd that you dogged Zabriskie who gave up his young rider jersey pulling for Eki...

>>>>This shows once again that individual strength
>>>>than team strength is more important in winning
>>>No,sorry but in fact the exact opposite is true .
>>Nah. In stage races, the strongest rider wins most of
>>the time. For example, Nozal clearly had the strongest
>>team in last year's Vuelta yet Heras, the strongest
>>rider, won. In Holland, Dekker's superior sprinting
>>made the difference.
>>>Even in one day races these days the team leader
>>>a strong team if he wants to win.
>>True, but needing a strong team isn't the same as the
>>team making the difference between winning and losing.
>>Nowadays, the difference between having the strongest
>>captain vs. a mediocre captain is over 10 minutes
>>while the difference made by have a strong team vs. a
>>mediocre team is only a couple of minutes. In other
>>words, you have a much better chance of winning with
>>the strongest captain and a mediocre team than with a
>>mediocre captain and the strongest team.
>>Anyways, luck and team tactics is more important in
>>one-day mass start races than in stage races. Luck can
>>go either way in one-day races but tends to even out
>>after several days. Team tactics play little or no
>>part in TTs and HC finishing climbs.
>Dekker just played the race better than Eki, he gained
>3 sec bonus on the Huls (last climb of today) and knew
>when he won the stage he would gain another 10 sec
>bonus and would win the race. So did Wauters...a
>strong Rabo-team (with Kroon and Boven also working
>their but off...) against a not so strong (not to say
>weak) Postalteam with only Cruz working hard for Eki
>(and in the last part of the race Van Heeswijk
>offering his chances on a stagewin. Zabriskie, De
>Volder and Michailov were simply not good enough to
>support Eki in his secondsexiting race-end...
>But: it was a nice stage, with hardworking men
>throughout all the km's between Sittard and
>Landgraaf...at the 9 places/climbs we did see them, I
>did take a lot of pics, which will be online a little

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