July 14, 2003
[T]hose searching for a chink in the Texan's armour were encouraged by his failure to stamp his authority on the race in Sunday's epic ride up L'Alpe d'Huez.
Ordinarily, it is during the showpiece mountain stages that Armstrong chooses to make a statement to his rivals.
This time, however, numerous riders felt confident enough to attack the US Postal team leader.
And, although he grimly held on take yellow, Armstrong later admitted to feeling the strain.
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I have to think Lance will recover, and we'll be treated at least once to the now-familiar site of Texas's favorite native son dancing away from his challengers on a climb -- Stage 15 to Luz Ardiden, perhaps? At the very least, he'll storm a time trial. This is Lance, after all!!
Posted by: Brian at Jul 14, 2003 1:46:42 PM