Morning read ... since i've lagging on time for tappin's
The Horner'view ~
When I was with Mercury we were the number one team -- the best riders on the best team in the States. We go into a race like Redlands and have seven guys on the road race, the Sunset Loop. I'm finishing there with two team-mates and they have one foot in the grave! I'm riding the front to get them over the last climb so they can help me down the descent.
That is an 85 mile race, so you are telling me that a 150 mile race over four mountain passes you can finish with 7-8 guys on the last climb? I don't believe it to be possible. Even with Rasmussen's team, and he had a lot of questions about him, he was arriving with only two guys on the front and one would get dropped on the final climb. That's what I mean by a change.
gotta admit ... i love having Horner in the peloton. The dude is so ... non-Euro. Sabine always gets riled when listening to most the Americans do their interviews over there ... they sound so Euro with their truncated speech and generic responses.
but not Horner ... he's all cheeseburger and "dude, you sat on my roachclip."
I find him refreshing. And you could see in the Velonews video clips (which were a very cool addition to their coverage by the way ... even if I'm not a huge fan of that boulder-boy who did them) - you could see by the clips that Horner knows he's got a future in broadcasting. He would talk long and descriptive about the events of the day. Check them out if you never took a look. [Here's a link to some outtakes, couldn't be bothered to blip up the Horner diaries - and i didn't vid any of these]
Anyway, what's up with Lotto not putting Horner on a TT bike for training? I mean, is that for real? I really don't understand Euro-teams sometimes.