"Jonathan v.d. Sluis" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]... > Tom Schulenburg <[email protected]> schreef in berichtnieuws > [email protected] > > > > "Niall Martin" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]... > > > > > > Boogerd on a late night chat show here in NL last night was asked about LANCE's apparent > > > antipathy towards him at the Amstel and gave an explicit version of what now seems to be the > > > stock answer -- that it all stems from the Alpe d'Huez stage in last year's TDF. > > > > > > USPS believe they let Boogerd win on the Alpe and that they were due some payback. Dekker > > > reneged on that agreement. > > > > > > > Has anyone from USPS said that they let Boogerd win? It's more likely > that > > USPS did Rabobank a favor by not chasing so that Levi could stay in the > top > > ten on GC - Sastre finished with Armstrong and Basso was right behind Leipheimer. If Levi cracks > > in the chase, he could have lost major time to > > those chasing him. > > > > - T > > US Postal did chase. Up to La Plagne, the chase group was led by US Postal riders and in the final > kms, Armstrong chased Boogerd. I don't see where the > myth that US Postal wasn't chasing comes from. > There was a chase group with O'Grady, Jalabert, Merckx, Mayo, etc who were away from the yellow jersey group by several minutes. As I recall, Lance didn't start taking time away from Boogerd until the last 10-15k (When Boogerd was 6 or 7 minutes up.) If he was really chasing for a win, I think he would have moved earlier. -T P.S. - This might have been the stage where he "let" Sastre cross the line in front of him?