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1. front wheels. the top 18 times in the stage had hed3 fronts, and some otherwise very good looking teams placed quite badly (FDJ comes to mind) that had what looked to me like rear discs and front road race wheels (or something not much more aero than that). why do these teams spend all this money on salaries, travel, etc., and then give up two minutes because of a mortal front wheel in a timed race?
2. the bianchi team had spectacular bike positions, as a group. if i had to make a wild guess, it looked to me like the guy who positions the aussie (track) team pursuiters came over and set them ALL up in the SAME position.
General classification after stage 4
1 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal-Berry Floor
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal-Berry Floor 0.02
3 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal-Berry Floor 0.05
4 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal-Berry Floor
5 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal-Berry Floor 0.23
6 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal-Berry Floor 0.27
7 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal-Berry Floor
8 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal-Berry Floor 0.28
9 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE 0.33
10 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE 0.38
"on your Left"
I also noticed Bianchi's position (but obviously not the extent that Slowman did), and I thought they looked very good -- low and aero. From what I saw, it appeared that Bianchi's riders were the lowest in the race. What kind of bars were they using?
Also the wheels -- it does make one wonder that though all the data points to a tri spoke/disc combo as being the fastest, some of the teams refuse (for whatever reason) to slap a tri spoke on the front.
Slowman's observations about the Hed 3 use by the top riders is simply astounding. I wonder if teams will take note. (Note to self, buy Hed 3 front, go win tour)
I was hoping for a better showing by CSC, but I'm still amazed by Tyler's tenacity. Not sure it's fair to expect him to not only ride with his injury, but compete at the highest level. He's showing tremendous heart. Unfortunately circumstances have made it so this won't be his year. My respect for the man is soaring.
And what about Floyd Landis??? I was thinking that due to his injury he'd be a weak link for USPS. The fact that they rode that fast and all crossed the line together is unreal. That is one tough group of guys.
It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out in the mountains. It seems to me that it would make sense for Once and Bianchi to work closely together to reel the Posties in. Hopefully it will be one hell of a race. The boys in blue are marked now more than ever...
thanks for the XXXXXXXXXs... it's too late for me, but i'm sure you've saved others. (i make it sound like its life or death, don't i)
But you do get an F for whining.
See the post a few down with subject like 'Team TT results' that way anyone interested can look and I can be surprised while I sit on the couch and watch it.
thanks, just saw the change in subject line. To late for me but not others.
But I have to agree that they were the "lowest" team out there and I guess that makes up for the awkward position of the hands and forearms (which Ullrich has been using for a long time)
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my top 18 comment was a little tongue in cheek. all 9 guys on the team get the same time if they finish together. the top two teams were postal and once, and the posties didn't lose any riders during the TTT. did once? perhaps they did. otherwise, that's how the top 18 guys in the stage were using hed3s.
as a fan of hed, i'd expected that to be the case prior to the tour, but i'd actually hoped for the top 27 to have them. but rabobank lost their leader and a second rider in the crash, and started the day with 7 riders, so, not much chance of that happening.
otherwise, rabobank has generally taken the lead from once and postal in starting to think about time trialing more seriously, based on what i've picked up from them in the off season. obviously bianchi has as well. and i'm interested in learning more about what they've been doing.
Also, Leder used the same frame and position last week in Roth, again with the scooping hands. My guess is they are using the bars as leverage?
I guess the bike is made in Switzerald and rebadged by Leder, Bianchi, & Gerolsteiner.
yes. it's not just the fact that the positions look good that i noticed, but that the position was virtually identical on ALL the riders on the team.
i myself am riding hands-down right now, and i talk about this a fair bit on slowtwitch's fit pages (as i recall).
Jan & Co's position seems quite like Uwe Peschel & Michael Rich on the cover photo of Walser's website. Take a look.
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