July 22, 2003
Nice wrapup of the race at this point, including special recognition for those domestiques who have been especially valuable in this Tour, including Manuel Beltran and Jose Luis Rubiera for USPS, Brad McGee for FDJeux.com, and Paolo Bettini and Michael Rogers at QuickStep-Davitamon.
It is not a stretch to say that Postal's acquisition of Beltran from Ullrich's squad right before the Tour may be one of the decisive factors in this race. Ullrich has often been isolated in the mountains, and if he had Beltran working for him instead of for Armstrong, this Tour might have had a different script.
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I didn't know that about Beltran! Indeed, it's fortunate for Lance that Beltran is with him instead of Ulrich, especially since Heras is having trouble.
Posted by: john m at Jul 22, 2003 7:16:54 PM