July 09, 2004
Flecha's failed flight
At 5km, the effort finally appeared to be futile and the riders started to sit up... all of them except for Flecha. He attacked. It was a great move. Flecha jumped hard from the left side of the road and gave it all he could. He was racing towards the finish hoping that the pack behind would be satisfied with gobbling up his three compatriots for just long enough. All Flecha needed was for the pack not to notice for a few moments that [the] group they caught was missing one rider.
VeloNews has former USPRO champion Thomas Prehn writing on race tactics, and he looks at today's failed break, and Flecha's last-ditch attempt to hold off 170 other riders.
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This really is a fascinating sport.
One of the iconic images for me from last year's tour was Flecha's stage win where he drew back the imaginary bow and shot an arrow as he crossed the finish line. (for anyone who's missed Phil Liggett's frequent reminders, 'flecha' is Spanish for 'arrow'.)
Posted by: lancefan at Jul 9, 2004 8:09:34 PM