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July 26, 2003

NYTimes.com | Showdown in France: Armstrong vs. Ullrich

Samuel Abt offers his Stage 19 time trial preview:

Referring to the race against the clock on Saturday, he said: "I'm tranquil, I'm confident. In my head, I'm calm." Armstrong was second to Ullrich in the Tour's first long individual time trial, a 29-mile race on July 18. Ullrich won that day by 1:36.

Armstrong has handily won the last time trial of the Tour in each of his victories; twice Ullrich was the runner-up, in 2000 and 2001. But Armstrong had a much larger lead — never less than five minutes — going into the final time trial the past four years.

I hate to see this one end, but I so want to know how it's going to turn out....

Posted by Frank Steele on July 26, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink

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