July 26, 2003
The Texan praised his rival [Ullrich] afterward. "He gave us a lot of problems,’’ he said. "He’s still the biggest challenger.
"I like Jan a lot and nobody makes me more motivated. He’s a great champion.’’
Ullrich will finish in 2nd for the 5th time, in addition to his win in 1997. Joop Zoetemelk holds the record for 2nd-place finishes with 6; he
had the misfortune to race the Tour against Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault. Zoetemelk finally won the Tour in 1980.
He later won an astounding World Championship in 1985, at 38!
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