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Lance Pissed at Evans???

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The excited Evans even shot ahead of the foursome to lead the group across the line, something that Armstrong didn't seem to like.

"Armstrong was pissed at me that I sat on and sprinted for the group," he said. "You put a finish line in front of me and I've got to sprint for it, I'm sorry."

Quoted Evans taken from cyclingnews.com.
Question is...If Armstrong is pissed at Evans for 'lousing' does that mean him and GH are going to be enemies from now on?
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Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

First, Evans was not sprinting for the stage win. This is an important difference. Nor was he sprinting to have a different stage finish time than other cyclists in his group.

Second, he was with the "heads of state", as OLN commentators might way, of the Tour -- not only for this year but in certain prior years. This was Evans' first TdF and he was trying to do something which did not show respect to the key Tour contenders.

Third, he was doing this to the yellow jersey. He was also doing this to the "boss" of the peloton at the TdF for some years. Obviously, Perreiro is neither a "head of state", the boss of the peloton, or the wearer of the yellow jersey. He was not even, at the point he was saying some of things he was saying, co-leader on his own team!
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Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

Translation: Don't mess with the schoolyard bully or you'll get treated like he treats Simeoni & Landis.

And another story:

http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...157899dc06b070

Here is another story of something that happened during stage 9.

M. Rasmussen was in a breakaway along with Cioni, while Voight and Moreau
chase them.

Armstrong is beginning to worry because he doesn't know who
M. Rasmussen is, and seeks out Boogerd in the peloton to ask him: "This
Rasmussen, who is he? And what is he doing out there?", Boogerd
answers: "Don't worry about him, he's just collecting points, once he
has passed all the climbs he will stop". An annoyed Armstrong says to
Boogerd as he rides back to his team "whatever... I don't care about
him anyway." An hour or two later when M. Rasmussssen has passed all the
climbs and hasn't stoped, Armstrong seeks out Boogerd again and asks
him "Hey, didn't you say that he would stop, once he had passed the
climbs? and Boogerds answers him: "Didn't you say that you didn't
care about him?"
post #4 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

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Originally Posted by musette
Second, he was with the "heads of state", as OLN commentators might way, of the Tour -- not only for this year but in certain prior years. This was Evans' first TdF and he was trying to do something which did not show respect to the key Tour contenders.
Evans was not with the "heads of state", he was with opponents.
How absurd to think that some competitors should obey some rules, and others not.
If LA is "pissed" and showing it, that reflects only on him and his worthiness of respect.
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Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

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Originally Posted by musette
First, Evans was not sprinting for the stage win. This is an important difference. Nor was he sprinting to have a different stage finish time than other cyclists in his group.

Second, he was with the "heads of state", as OLN commentators might way, of the Tour -- not only for this year but in certain prior years. This was Evans' first TdF and he was trying to do something which did not show respect to the key Tour contenders.

Third, he was doing this to the yellow jersey. He was also doing this to the "boss" of the peloton at the TdF for some years. Obviously, Perreiro is neither a "head of state", the boss of the peloton, or the wearer of the yellow jersey. He was not even, at the point he was saying some of things he was saying, co-leader on his own team!

So does that mean that IYO Evans should have stayed where he was or are you saying Evans had every right to sprint for the line?
post #6 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

It was an unnecessarily aggressive move by Evans that accomplished nothing except getting Lance Armstrong pissed off at him.

Maybe the Disco boys will take him out the back of the peloton and rough him up a bit.
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Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

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Originally Posted by musette
First, Evans was not sprinting for the stage win. This is an important difference. Nor was he sprinting to have a different stage finish time than other cyclists in his group.
It was even more important than that, cheerleader.

Evans was trying to maximise is his postion because............


Quote:
Originally Posted by musette

Second, he was with the "heads of state", as OLN commentators might way, of the Tour -- not only for this year but in certain prior years. This was Evans' first TdF and he was trying to do something which did not show respect to the key Tour contenders.
Heads of state ? What are you on ?

Evans sprinted because he wanted to maximise the time gains on Vino and Landis on GC - OLN probably weren't bothered to show that Landis and Vino were in the group chasing JU/CE/LA.
Landis and Vino and CE were all proximate on GC as things stood before the finish of stage 18.


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Originally Posted by musette

Third, he was doing this to the yellow jersey. He was also doing this to the "boss" of the peloton at the TdF for some years.
CE was sprinting across the line regardless of who was in his company.
CE was correct : his own position on GC takes priority.
post #8 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

When I saw Evans sprinting past the rest I thought to myself: "What was that for?"

Apparently that is also what Armstrong exclaimed.

I do not know about Lance, but I am not pissed at Evans, just baffled as to why he did it.
post #9 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

This was from The London Times this morning: (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2841-1703666,00.html)

The 28-year-old Australian, a former world mountain biking champion, has shown the aggression of a future Tour winner. Yesterday his decision to sprint past Armstrong at the finish incurred the defending champion’s wrath.

“Lance was pretty angry with me,” Evans, who endured two disappointing years with the T-Mobile team before switching to the Belgian sponsor, Davitamon-Lotto, said. “He said, ‘what was that for?’ But I had to sprint for it, I’m a bike racer. If the opportunity’s there I take it and today I went all out.

“They told me the final climb was steep, so I took my watch off this morning to save weight. I’m sponsored by the Belgian lottery and it looked like I got the right ticket today.”

What I don't understand is Armstrong how always sprinted past other riders when the stage has already been decided... he does it to gain a physiological advantage…… who is he to dictate this to Evans especially what happened with GH.... Armstrong is a bully !


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Originally Posted by dome
When I saw Evans sprinting past the rest I thought to myself: "What was that for?"

Apparently that is also what Armstrong exclaimed.

I do not know about Lance, but I am not pissed at Evans, just baffled as to why he did it.
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Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

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Originally Posted by whiteboytrash
This was from The London Times this morning: (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2841-1703666,00.html)

The 28-year-old Australian, a former world mountain biking champion, has shown the aggression of a future Tour winner. Yesterday his decision to sprint past Armstrong at the finish incurred the defending champion’s wrath.

“Lance was pretty angry with me,” Evans, who endured two disappointing years with the T-Mobile team before switching to the Belgian sponsor, Davitamon-Lotto, said. “He said, ‘what was that for?’ But I had to sprint for it, I’m a bike racer. If the opportunity’s there I take it and today I went all out.

“They told me the final climb was steep, so I took my watch off this morning to save weight. I’m sponsored by the Belgian lottery and it looked like I got the right ticket today.”

What I don't understand is Armstrong how always sprinted past other riders when the stage has already been decided... he does it to gain a physiological advantage…… who is he to dictate this to Evans especially what happened with GH.... Armstrong is a bully !
Armstrong can be as pissed as he wants.
CE did the correct thing yesterday.

Evans sprinted because he wanted to maximise the time gains on Vino and Landis on GC - OLN probably weren't bothered to show that Landis and Vino were in the group chasing JU/CE/LA.
Landis and Vino and CE were all proximate on GC as things stood before the finish of stage 18.

Not that Evans had to explain or justify anything, you know.
post #11 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

"Evans sprinted because he wanted to maximise the time gains on Vino and Landis on GC -"

Who are you trying to fool? All he did was get his wheel ahead of Lance's. He did not pull the group to gain time and certainly did not achieve a time gain. He just wasted some energy to childishly finish ahead of Lance.
post #12 of 116

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Originally Posted by dome
"Evans sprinted because he wanted to maximise the time gains on Vino and Landis on GC -"

Who are you trying to fool? All he did was get his wheel ahead of Lance's. He did not pull the group to gain time and certainly did not achieve a time gain. He just wasted some energy to childishly finish ahead of Lance.

Not trying to fool anyone, pal.

I think GC before and after stage 18 might clarify the point for ya.

General Classification before the start of stage 18 :

Pos Rider Time

7 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team 9.38
8 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 9.49
9 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 9.53


General Classification before the AFTER stage 18 :

Pos Rider Time

7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 9.49
8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team 10.11
9 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 10.42
post #13 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

Evans,Armstrong,Basso and Ullrich all got the same time and if Evans had finished last in this group his new GC position would have been the same.
The only reason for him to have sprinted would have been to have the group finish earlier, but he did not do this, he only got his wheel ahead of Armstrong's which could not have earned any time at all.
post #14 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

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Originally Posted by dome
Evans,Armstrong,Basso and Ullrich all got the same time and if Evans had finished last in this group his new GC position would have been the same.
The only reason for him to have sprinted would have been to have the group finish earlier, but he did not do this, he only got his wheel ahead of Armstrong's which could not have earned any time at all.
Six of one, half dozen of the other, I think.
post #15 of 116

Re: Lance Pissed at Evans???

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Originally Posted by limerickman
Armstrong can be as pissed as he wants.
CE did the correct thing yesterday.

Evans sprinted because he wanted to maximise the time gains on Vino and Landis on GC - OLN probably weren't bothered to show that Landis and Vino were in the group chasing JU/CE/LA.
Landis and Vino and CE were all proximate on GC as things stood before the finish of stage 18.
Yes, but he didn't gain any time and he couldn't possibly think he was going to gain any time 100 metres out. I also didn't see him taking any turns up front so if time gain was his main aim why didn't he go up front and do some work?

It was all very strange.
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