Andy Schleck must be ruthless if grea...

Andy Schleck must be ruthless if great rivalry is to develop with Alberto Contador

There are 2 comments on the The Herald story from Jul 26, 2010, titled Andy Schleck must be ruthless if great rivalry is to develop with Alberto Contador. In it, The Herald reports that:

One incident above all in this yeara TMs Tour de France, which finished in Paris on Sunday, provoked obsessive debate among cycling fans: an alleged breach of etiquette by the ultimate winner Alberto Contador that allowed him to gain 39 seconds a ' the same margin as his eventual victory a ' on his rival Andy Schleck after the lattera TMs chain ...

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#1 Jul 30, 2010
I do believe ideal conditions were never created by Telekom (and later, T-Mobile) for Jan Ullrich to rivalise with Lance Armstrong.

Ironically, Jan's best performance was in 2003, when he was with Bianchi, a real weak team.

The german teams had distractions, were split in half (did Vinokourov ever do anything for Ullrich or was he always minding his own business and goals?). The kazakh's money and sponsors bought his place in a team that should have had 7~8 riders supporting a leading rider.

Lance always had 8 domestiques.
And yes, Jan never had a ruthless approach.

Had Ullrich teamed with Bjarne Riis (for example) after the 2003 TdF, different outcomes would have occured.

Walter Godefoot and Rudy Pevenage had different thoughts within the same team... and that's also why Andreas Kloden ended up empty-handed in 2006...

Just like John Travolta's character says on Pulp Fiction "in Europe, it's all about little differences".

And that's that.

San Francisco, CA

#2 Jul 31, 2010
No wonder Jan turned to drugs.

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