Thursday’s mail: Regarding Roberto

Good luck Señor HerasEditors;I want to wish Roberto Heras much success and luck (see "Herasleaves Postal").Next year's Tour will be a dandy!Eric E. EssickA good decisionEditors!Good move for Roberto. He gave U.S. Postal some of his best years andpaid for it in less than stellar Vuelta performances the last couple ofyears. Yeah,  know he won this year but it was pretty close.Now he has the chance to shine again on his own and with a Spanish team.This just makes the 2004 Tour that much more exciting from a spectator'sview.Giny ChandlerHere come the résumésDear Editors;How do I get a hold of the

Good luck Señor Heras
Editors;
I want to wish Roberto Heras much success and luck (see “Herasleaves Postal“).Next year’s Tour will be a dandy!
Eric E. EssickA good decision
Editors!
Good move for Roberto. He gave U.S. Postal some of his best years andpaid for it in less than stellar Vuelta performances the last couple ofyears. Yeah,  know he won this year but it was pretty close.Now he has the chance to shine again on his own and with a Spanish team.This just makes the 2004 Tour that much more exciting from a spectator’sview.
Giny ChandlerHere come the résumés
Dear Editors;
How do I get a hold of the U.S. Postal team talent agents? I am interested in replacing Roberto Heras. There are only a couple of small potential problems, as I see it:

Me Roberto
Age 38 29
Weight 209 lbs 134
Height 6 foot 1 5 foot 7

Okay, okay, maybe I can’t replace him.Back to the couch I go.
John Gretzinger
Manolo’s good score…
Editors,
Heras to Liberty Seguros??? Wow, now that is a bit of a coup.
Andrew Miller
Washington, DC…is Postal’s loss
Editor;
I think it will be a big loss. It goes without saying, they don’t want to lose him
Joseph A. Bayliss
St. Petersburg, FLLance may just make lemonade
Editors;
Okay, I know this might sound stupid at best, but Heras’ move to anotherteam could eventually work for Armstrong. I say this for a couple reasons.First, most teams are already billing T-Mobile as the “team to beat,”however, history has shown that top-heavy teams usually have a hugeidentity crisis, and I figure that will happen this next season.Secondly, the moves of Beloki, Hamilton and Heras to new teams usuallytranslates to at least a one year acclimation. It took Tyler and Belokiabout a year to get comfortable with their leadership roles at CSC andONCE, respectively, so I don’t think 2004 will be any different for eitherI leave Ullrich out of this because he already “knows” T-Mobile and histranslation should be a little easier.Heras’ move could be the monkey wrench in this argument becausehe’s such a terrific pure climber; however, riding in support ofa leader in the Tour de France, and being a team leader responsible foryourself when you’re isolated, is a completely different story. I think,all things considered, Heras’s move could actually help Lance Armstrong,who’s a proven commodity in le Tour, because it would put seriousstress on the other contenders – like Ullrich, Beloki and Hamilton – whoaren’t as explosive when the cols come calling. After Heras sets up himselfand Lance, leaving pretty much everyone else searching for wheels, Lancecan settle in for the time trials and take care of Heras while everyoneelse scrambles for the scraps at Big Tex’s table and try to catch Heras.Like many have said, the 2004 Tour is going to be very tactical and, allthings considering, Heras’ move could be the first positive tactic forLance even before a crank is turned! Heras may grab a stage or two, butLance will probably just revert to the “Indurain” posture: Stay with ’emin the mountains, and kick ass in the TTs!In the end, whether Heras is on Postal or not, he’s probably still goingto “act” like a teammate because of how he’s going to be forced to ridefor his new team. As I see it, considering all this, Lance is really theonly rider with a Tour proven team and the capabilities to ride aggressivelyin the mountains and in the TTs and predict another victory. I think everyoneelse is going to have to wait until Lance retires to feel what it’s liketo wear yellow again.
Cheers!
Mark ConsugarClowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Dear VN:
Regarding: The anti-O’Grady Bunch (see pasteditions of our letters page).
These right-wing mouth breathers are nearly as irritating to read asthe far-left frother-mongers in the People’s Republic of Santa Fe. Putall that misspent anger to a useful purpose and ride it off, brothers.Besides, I almost stopped reading VN before I got to the comment aboutLance and Sheryl Crow. Now that’s news.
Khal Spencer
Armageddon, New Mexico


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