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July 18, 2003

Stage 12: Ja Ja Jan

What a treat to see Jan Ullrich really show what he can do, as he finished in 58:32, the only rider under an hour on the course.

Lance Armstrong came second at 1:00:08, 1:36 behind Ullrich.

It was Ullrich's fifth career Tour time trial victory. Ullrich moves into second on the general classification.

1) Ullrich (Bianchi) 58:32
2) Armstrong (US Postal) @ 1:36
3) Vinokourov (Telekom) @ 2:06
4) Zubeldia (Euskaltel) @ 2:40
5) Hamilton (CSC) @ 2:43
6) Uwe Peschel (Gerolsteiner) @ 3:26
7) David Millar (Cofidis) @ 3:55
8) Inigo Chaurreau (AG2R) @ 4:01
9) David Plaza (Bianchi) @ 4:37
10) Santiago Botero (Telekom) @ 5:00

Other notable:
11) Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto.com) @ 5:00
12) Iban Mayo (Euskaltel) @ 5:03
22) Michael Rogers (QuickStep) @ 6:06

David Etxebarria of the Euskaltel team finished 167th, 14:22 behind Ullrich. It's likely he was soft-pedaling a bit in preparation for 4 days in the Pyrenees, starting tomorrow.

I think the pressure's really going to be on Armstrong now -- he'll have to get some time on Ullrich somewhere in the mountains, because there's another time trial yet to come.

New overall:

1) Armstrong (US Postal)
2) Ullrich (Bianchi) @ :34
3) Vinokourov @ :51
4) Hamilton @ 2:59
5) Zubeldia @ 4:29

Posted by Frank Steele on July 18, 2003 in Stage results | Permalink

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