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American Polemic

This needs its own space, at this point. The "facts": George Hincapie joined an escape that spent most of the day a good six minutes up the road from the peloton, including the yellow jersey. Hincapie was the best-placed rider at something like 5.40, so that six minute gap was good enough to put him in yellow, if it held. It didn't, by a mere five seconds. Among the factors reducing the gap were Astana on the front of the peloton (in mid-stage), and a few late pulls from teams like Garmin and Silence-Lotto. 

At the finish Hincapie, a 13-year veteran of the Tour de France, was bitterly disappointed and blamed Astana for denying him a moment of glory, which he certainly has earned after all the years -- helping guys now on Astana, no less. Frankie Andreu, the Vesus reporter, pointed out (ratted out?) that Garmin had chased pretty hard in the last 10km. The finger-pointing has been fast and furious ever since. And nowhere is the hilarity greater than at Lance Armstrong's twitter account, which I have pasted on the jump for posterity.

Did Astana deny their former friend and loyal soldier his rightful moment in the sun? Did Slipstream get a bug up their butts about Columbia and chase down the break for that reason? Will any American cycling team ever be on speaking terms with another American team? I dunno... but that's a polemica!

[And yes, I know Astana aren't technically American.]

  1. atkearns why we pulled so hard? When we started it was 6:00. When we stopped it was 8:40. Those are the facts...
  2. Last thing. There were 13 guys in the breakaway. We had 2 guys riding "tempo". That is not chasing by any stretch of the imagination.
  3. @bbelshaw told astana 2 chase? Not true @ all. My vision was george would have YJ by 2 mins. Was reality til ag2r and garmin started 2 pull.
  4. @BritneyGears you're clueless
  5. RT @dzabriskie: Pawns in their game...
  6. @bfogelstrom And george should be pissed. Very pissed. He can talk to his teammates who were n the bunch w/ us then perhaps it will be clear
  7. @billmackiernan exactly, that's why we were riding medium to let the gap get as big as possible...
  8. And I reiterate. @ghincapie deserves to be yellow tonight. He deserves more than that. Look to who pulled the last 50k to see who to blame..
  9. Until 10km to go he was solidly in yellow until GARMIN put on the gas and made sure it didn't happen.
  10. Our team rode a moderate tempo to put him in the jersey by at least 2 mins. Ag2r said they would not defend then they started to ride.