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July 19, 2003

NYTimes.com | Longtime Armstrong Competitor Closes In

The three stages in the high Pyrenees, starting Saturday, drew the attention of Johan Bruyneel, the director of Armstrong's United States Postal Service team.

Asked if Ullrich was now the main threat to Armstrong, who is trying to win his fifth successive Tour, Bruyneel replied: "Of course. The way he was riding today, with hard stages to come in the Pyrenees, definitely.

"I think Ullrich had a super time trial, the way he destroyed everybody. I think Lance did a good time trial, but Ullrich had a stronger day.

"Lance is feeling O.K., but apparently a lot of other guys are feeling good, too."

Posted by Frank Steele on July 19, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink

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