July 15, 2003
If you're looking for an in-depth live report during the stage, or a detailed report afterward, check out The Daily Peloton's stage coverage.
The live ticker on the official Tour site is of the "just the facts" variety, and it's the basis for many of the other Tour tickers around the web. The Daily Peloton takes advantage of the length of a stage to mix in useful analysis, today pointing out who within the break had previously won a stage, and who were the good sprinters.
And the writing's pretty good, to boot:
One rider whose name we haven't mentioned much, but who is riding an outstanding Tour, is Spaniard Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto.com) who is currently in 4th on GC at 1' 37". Mancebo finished last year's Tour in 7th on GC, and he is going even better than that so far this year. He yoyo-ed off the back of the big leader group on Alpe d'Huez, but he finally finished with the same time as Lance et. al. He looked like a beaten orphan on that climb, but he hung tough and is in a great position.