Bauer: Armstrong's "Drive for Five" will succeed unless...
Exclusive Tour de France interview with Tour veteran Steve Bauer.
has not had very convincing competition in this four Tour wins, especially in the mountains.
This caused Bauer to reflect on the Giro. "When I was first starting out in the 80's the Giro was tailored for sprinters," he recalls . "Good recuperation was planned between mountain stages. But in recent years the Giro has become more difficult, more like the Tour de France. Which is why it's a lot harder these days to do the Giro and the Tour back-to-back."
And what about Marco Pantani, even though it appears he may not find a place on a team in the race? He once was one of Armstrong's leading climbing threats.
"Oh, he might challenge for a day or two ," Bauer said. "Nothing more than that."
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