July 17, 2004
Basso a threat in time trials?
Al James has pulled the Mont Ventoux time-trial numbers from last month's Dauphiné Libéré, with an eye toward how Lance Armstrong and Ivan Basso might compare on Wednesday's time trial up l'Alpe d'Huez.
The Dauphiné TT was 21 kms, and was won by Iban Mayo in 55:51. Armstrong was 5th, 1:58 back (the famed "almost 2 minutes"). Basso was in 29th at 6:44, just ahead of yellow jersey Thomas Voeckler, 30th at 6:48.
On last year's final time trial of the Tour de France (when Ullrich fell in the rain), Basso lost 2:02 to Armstrong. Of course, that was before Bjarne Riis got his hands on him; Basso was one of only a few survivors on last year's Fassa Bortolo team.
Lance mentioned in an interview after yesterday's stage that US Postal had tried hard to recruit Basso to the fold after last season but lost out to CSC.
Posted by: lancefan at Jul 17, 2004 3:32:42 PM
Basso lost roughly 4'30" in the Gaillaic- Gap d' Couverte TT in the 2003 TdF. 49k, it was the stage that Ullrich won by 1'38" over Armstrong.
Posted by: bigring55t at Jul 17, 2004 4:05:12 PM