If stage 20 were a "real" stage and the teams were willing to try something crazy....

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  1. Kupa

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    ... then Ulrich could be in a fight for the jersey and potentially could succede if he engineered a break, followed with the ride of his life. There is a 2.4 km category 4 climb at the 23.5 km marker. As good as spot as any on this course for a break.

    And a smart rider would work together in that break with another rider that is equally motivated for a betterment of their final standing, riders like Vinokourov, Mayo, Zubeldia or Hamilton would be a good choice to have in that group. Get one of these riders in the break, set up a team time trial and Ulrich could hold onto and make up the 1' 16".

    It would really force USPS to catch the group to return Lance to top position, and it would cost any of the other riders in the top 5 positions nothing if the attempt failed and they did get caught. They don't race Monday, and as long as they finish in the peltoton or the bridging group with Armstrong they basically maintain current standings. What a race that would be.

    If USPS's manager was a chess player though, maybe he'd see this crazy possibility occuring, (it has been one of the craziest, most riveting tours ever) and perhaps devise a counter attack plan.

    Perhaps something along the line of a discussion with Hamilton, who is yearning for a top 3 position, and is one of the strongest time trialers on the tour; combined with his ability to stave off pain like no-one's business... Being a former USPS rider, Tyler's probably easy enough for USPS to get in touch with tonight to discuss such crazy plans...

    Anyway, at that same cat 4 climb, Lance and Tyler attack off the front, with the bulk of the USPS and CSC teams holding the peloton in check. They get into the flats and pull off a killer team time trial (I think they've particed that a few times together); they build a gap better than 5' 16", securing Tyler the number 2 position over Ulrich, cementing Lance's yellow jersey, and Lance being the gentleman and friend of Tyler's that he is, let's Hamilton take a second stage victory.

    With the relationship between Hamilton and Armstrong as it is, and the risk for something else as crazy to happen, maybe a plan like one of these makes sense in a weird sort of way. That said, it's unlikely, as the unwritten rule is that the last stage is a parade.

    What if the crazy could happen though... That would be a suitably amazing finish to the hundredth anniversary of the tour. Now where did I put Tyler's cell phone number ;-)

    Cheers,

    Steve Cooper
     
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    Four riders and their teams are going to spoil your fun:
    Robbie McEwen and Lotto Domo (178 pts)
    Baden Cooke and FDJeux.com (176 pts)
    Erik Zabel and Team Telekom (165 pts)
    Thor Hushovd and Credit Agricole (151 pts)
     
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    I'm still going to watch and hope tomorrow, even though you've rained on my parade. ;-)

    Cheers,

    Steve Cooper
     
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    I would of been great it if Jan had pulled back a minute on Lance today. The tension and tactics tomorrow would of been spectacular.
     
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    That would have been a great thing. With a few seconds difference between them, Arnstrong and Ulrich would've been going toe-to-toe against each other and the sprinters.
     
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