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.
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
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.