July 23, 2003
General Classification : Hamilton up to 6th
Hamilton's big breakaway moved him within 90 seconds of the two Euskaltels, Mayo (at 5:25) and Zubeldia (at 5:16). Hamilton should certainly make up time on Mayo in the individual time trial Saturday, but Zubeldia has been surprising in the two ITTs so far.
To reach Vinokourov and a podium spot, Hamilton would need to beat Vino by 3:50 in the 49-km time trial, which seems unlikely.
Then again, with Hamilton's confidence, you could see him playing the breakaways some more this week.
1) Lance Armstrong (USPS) 70:37:59 2) Jan Ullrich (Team Bianchi) @ 1:07 3) Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) @ 2:45 4) Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel) @ 5:16 5) Iban Mayo (Euskaltel) @ 5:25 6) Tyler Freaking Hamilton (Team CSC) @ 6:35 7) Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) @ 8:08 8) Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) @ 11:12 9) Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto.com) @ 16:05 10) Carlos Sastre (Team CSC) @ 16:12
Team CSC leads the team classification by 9:08 over Euskaltel, and 16:03 over US Postal.
Hans de Clerq remains the lanterne rouge, 4:40:37 back.
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