July 21, 2003
From the Daily Peloton Stage 15 live report:
This is what Henri Desgrange wanted - suffering and victory no matter what cost. I don't think I've seen anything so exciting in my life - and I'm damned if I'll see something that thrilling again... I think Johan Bruyneel must have had about 60 heart attacks today.
Last year, George Hincapie said the best moment of his tour was the day Lance rode away to take the yellow jersey; he was riding in the gruppetto with Ekimov listening to it on their radios... can you imagine the emotion of the Postal team today after this epic struggle? They must be smiling all the way up that last, miserable climb! They have done their job so well, and now Lance has had the legs to make it happen.