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July 26, 2003

Reuters UK | Armstrong tames Ullrich

Armstrong forced his rival into taking too many risks and the German slid and crashed with 15 km left after the two had been clocked at almost the same time throughout.

The Texan had checked the course twice before the start while Ullrich had not, and the decision probably cost him his last chance to upset the four times Tour champion.

"My plan today was to start slowly and to race at my own tempo. I was confident, knowing that with a minute lead over Jan, with the rain and the wind, I had no reason to take risks," Armstrong said.

"When I heard that Jan had crashed, I took even fewer risks. I told myself to slow down. The stage was not important as the finish was extremely dangerous.

"The last 10 kilometres, I had checked them out and I saw there were lots of corners, lots of painting on the road. It was too dangerous," he said.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 26, 2003 in Stage results | Permalink

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