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Tour de France has started!

 
Barry Gaunt
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Lance Armstrong rode an excellent timetrial today to start the Tour de France in second position. The winner was Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland just 1 second ahead of Armstrong.

This will be an exciting tour with Lance trying to get his sixth consecutive overall win, a unique result if he makes it.

For more go here.
 
Stan James
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Wired magazine has a nice page or two on Lance's equipment and the extremes they go to trying to shave a few ounces off. He had special wheels for this time trial that are not strong enough for regular stages and will never be used again.
 
John Dunn
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Let's go USA!!!
 
Mike Melton
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Lance made his move today, a day earlier than expected by most, but with Hamilton and Ullrich both suffering, he saw his opportunity and took it. He didn't win the stage (finished side-by-side with Italian Ivan Basso) but his main goal is TIME not WINS (except, of course, for the only win that matters).

He put 2:30 into Ullrich and 3:27 into Hamilton - a brilliant stage for Lance and the US Postal team. Tomorrow should be the toughest stage of the entire tour, with 2 climbs each of Cat 1, 2, and 3. Tomorrow's stage and the individual time trial on Alpe D'Huez next Wednesday (Stage 16) potentially could determine the race.

I can't wait to get home from work tonight so I can watch today's amazing stage on OLN. I haven't gotten much work done today from all the adrenaline. I was listening to the live feed from OLN and lost my connection with 500m left and Basso and Armstrong side-by-side! I almost screamed out loud. Blasted proxy server.

More here.

Mike

PS. Look at tomorrow's stage! It hurts my legs just thinking about it.
[ July 16, 2004: Message edited by: Mike Melton ]
 
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