Friday, February 23, 2007

Showdown Time

I like analogies. I like hockey. Ergo it only makes sense to compare the Solvang TT to the Buffalo Sabres / Ottawa Senators game last night. Call this the pre-game show.

1) Levi Leipheimer is Marty Biron. He's got skills but he's not known for his uber agressive nature. He'll fight if he has to, but he'd rather not.

2) Jen Voigt is like Ray Emery. Solid, dependable, totally ready to drop the gloves and make you eat rubber. Jens is 100% eastern-bloc goodness. Any day he rides, he attacks. Jens doesn't ride like he stole something, he rides after the guy that stole something, steals it, then rides off.

Now with 20 seconds separating 1 place from 10th the TT is going to be wild. Everyone is going to give it all they have. The neutralization earlier in the week was a bit tragic in that the top 10 might be wildly different today. Alas, it is what it is but I would put a fair chunk of change on the Domestic teams rearing their heads loudly today with some very strong finishes.

People to watch:
1) Jens Voigt
2) Fabian Cancellara
3) Paulo Bettini (despite looking a bit heavy he's got legs)
4) the Domestic teams.


Anonymous said...

As much as it pains me to say this I think Levi will win it just to annoy me.
Rod M.

Rob said...

Yeah, I would peg Levi to win the overall but today could be interesting. Levi will show well but there are some dark horses in there.

Anonymous said...

10 riders to go and I'm starting to see a trend. The top 7 riders are from either CSC or Discovery.
Rod M.

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