Mapei tactics at San Sebastian

Mapei tactics at San Sebastian

Post by Eric Harv » Thu, 17 Aug 1995 04:00:00


From Roger's report, it sounds as if Johan Museeuw was rather
upset with Stefano Della Santa's attack and subsequent second
place at San Sebastian.  Didn't Della Santa do the right thing?
I think he did.

His attack should have prompted chase from Jalabert, who is
the best bet to nip Museeuw in the WC points, or a chase from
Bugno, who could still have WC aspirations if he were to win
San Sebastian.  So, if either JaJa or Bugno had pulled up
to Della Santa and Armstrong, Museeuw could have launched a
huge counter which would have broke some legs.  This was the
probable scenario for Mapei - I'm sure Della Santa went up the
road only to soften up the others and force some chasing.

But with Bugno and Jalabert marking each other (what is it
when these two get together - maybe Jalabert remembers 1992
worlds all too well) and no chasing to catch the two
leaders, the Della Santa attack still was effective IMHO.
The end result was to leave Jalabert off the top step of
the podium and keep him from grabbing the huge 50 WC points.
And, Museeuw ended up taking the sprint for third, to slightly
widen the gap between himself and Jalabert.  So I don't
understand Museeuw's frustrations and apparent anger with
Della Santa.  Seems to me he did the right thing.  I guess it
is frustrating to have good legs and not get the chance to
win, but he has to remember he is defending the World Cup
leaders jersey.

On a related subject, what ever happened to guys actually
racing to win??  This was the second time this year that
Bugno and Jalabert played chess while the winning break went
up the road.  I can (sort of) understand Jalabert's reluctance
to chase, but I can't determine why Bugno would not make the
effort.  Here is a guy who needs to win some races.  Sometimes
one has to risk losing big in order to win big.  

What does everyone else think?  Did Mapei and Della Santa
'do the right thing??'  Should Bugno quit being such a wuss
and take some chances in order to get a win??

Eric.
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Mapei tactics at San Sebastian

Post by Graham Lingl » Fri, 18 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> What does everyone else think?  Did Mapei and Della Santa
> 'do the right thing??

I agree, I believe Della Santa had only Johan's win in mind.

Quote:
>  Should Bugno quit being such a wuss
> and take some chances in order to get a win??

I understand why these negative tactics are used, but they're becomming a
bit too common. If you chase at least you have a chance of winning,
Chiappuchi gets a lot more press coverage and a lot more respect from
cycle fans for chasing and comming second.

Graham.

 
 
 

Mapei tactics at San Sebastian

Post by Marc San Souc » Wed, 23 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> It seems like Musseuw is often angry at teammates for not supporting him
> enough. Has this man ever shown signs of generousity?

Paris-Roubaix, 1995. He made no attempt to chase down teammate Ballerini,
and settled for 3rd. No complaints after that one, that I know of.

    Marc San Soucie
    Portland, Oregon


 
 
 

Mapei tactics at San Sebastian

Post by Torben Sangil » Wed, 23 Aug 1995 04:00:00

It seems like Musseuw is often angry at teammates for not supporting him
enough. Has this man ever shown signs of generousity?