July 21, 2003
Reuters has Ullrich's reaction to Stage 15:
"In the past, when Armstrong did his thing in the mountains, I would lose two minutes. I only lost one minute this time. So that's not too negative," the 1997 Tour winner said.
Ullrich, who had upset the four-times Tour champion in a time trial last week, finished third in the stage, 40 seconds behind the American and trails him by 1:07 overall.
"I'm a little disappointed not to have taken second place because it would have given me some time bonus," said Ullrich, who was outsprinted by Spaniard Iban Mayo for second place.
"But I could not go any faster. I knew Lance would attack today but I could not follow him when he did.
"I just climbed at my own pace, trying to limit the damage. I'm not an explosive climber like he is. I need a steady pace," he added.
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