July 26, 2003
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....
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