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Lance is not Ready yet

Posted on: May 13, 2009 3:40 pm
Lance Armstrong started the 4th stage of the 92nd Giro d'Italia, the first of two in the Alps, 31 seconds behind the overall leader, Alessandro Petacchi, who built his lead thanks to the bonus time he earned on the finishing line when he won the 2nd and 3rd stages.

Tonight, after two summit finishes in the Dolomites, Armstrong is trailing the new overall leader, Danilo Di Luca, by 3 minutes and 34 seconds. He lost most of his time in the final ascent of stage 5, up to Alpe de Suisi, where he crossed the finishing line in 35th position, 2 minutes and 58 seconds behind Denis Menchov, the stage winner.

One thing is clear now, Armstrong is not capable of keeping up with the best in the mountain yet. Whether he will be ready in two months, in the Tour de France, is another question.

The next big unknown is how he will perform next Thursday, in the long (nearly 38 miles) and hilly individual time trial from Sestri Levante to Riomaggiore.

The seven-time Tour de France winner is unlikely to win his first Giro this year, but it may turn out to be the preparation he needed before the Tour.

In the meantime, keep an eye on Armstrong's teammates, Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner, who are currently 4th and 8th in the overall standings, 43 seconds and 1 minute and 17 seconds behind Di Luca.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2009 11:28 am

Lance is not Ready yet

Armstrong, I believe, is capable of keeping up BUT his focus is NOT to win now.  He wants to get in shape for the Tour de France and
he is doing just that.  Those around him are still worried about him in the field.  They realize that he is not giving an all-out effort
yet.  He had got to pace himself now due to the age factor and even the injury of but 2 months ago.  The time trial in two days will be
very interesting, unfortunately though there are way too many turns and twists to gain much time.  Hopefully there is no rain on that day or it could be downright trechorous.  GO LANCE and go Levi.  

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