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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Horner or Vino...

Jib dropped an interesting email regarding Horner and his tactics. To wit:

Interesting strategy from the Tour of the Basque Country.

Horner's finish-line stand
Chris Horner (Davitamon-Lotto) couldn't believe his bad luck. The plucky American made the selection of the elite group up the final climb when he punctured with about 7km to go. He knew that was no-man's land despite a fast wheel change.
When he rolled up to the finish line, he stopped just short of the tape and just idled there before slipping across 50th at 3:28 back.
"I got the flat, so there goes the GC. I knew there was no way I was chasing back, so that's why I wanted to lose as much time as possible," Horner said. "I just sat there two minutes. Maybe that's enough time that they'll let me go in a break and not worry about me."
Horner was poised for a solid result in the demanding Pais Vasco race. In Monday's opener, he finished a solid sixth against the likes of three-time world champion Oscar Freire and Valverde.
"The legs aren't super, but they are good enough to be in that lead group," Horner lamented. "I came here to win something. So the GC's gone, so maybe I can get a stage."

Now, while I like Horner thinking in the long term about the race, lets contemplate a longer horizon, like say a career. Ask yourself, do you admire Horner’s tactics more than say Vino who, in the face of certain loss, will kill himself to simply go faster? I side with Vino. In its essence, racing a bike is really all about going fast. Notice how Jib will launch a hopeless attack, simply to goad everyone on.


At April 04, 2006 7:57 PM, Blogger RideTrek said...

I have to go with Vino. I love attacks and hate conservative strategy or racing only to hold a place on GC. I say Horner should have finished as fast as possible and attacked the next day anyway. If you have good legs and can climb, make everybody else catch you.

At April 04, 2006 8:19 PM, Blogger Redlight said...

I just want to sit on my couch and watch the race. Is that too much to ask?

Horner has no career to worry about, by the way.


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