July 26, 2003
Tour Today: Pornic - Nantes time trial
This is it. "You put down your rock, and I put down my sword, and we face each other, man against man, as God intended."
Looks like the weather will be rainy and windy, with some forecasts of 70-km/h gusts. Lance Armstrong takes off three minutes after Jan Ullrich, around 10 a.m. Eastern, and they should both cover the 49 kms in about an hour.
This one is for all the marbles. Armstrong would like to win the stage, stamp his mark on this Tour, and get to take it easy on Sunday. Ullrich would like to ride in yellow on Sunday. One of them is going to be mighty unhappy tonight.
Also keep an eye on Tyler Hamilton, who has a chance to move up from 6th to 4th in the overall classification.
Today's stage and Sunday's both count toward the 100,000-euro Centenaire competition, currently led by Baden Cooke. The winner will be the rider with the best average finish in the six cities that were on the 1903 Tour.
Lance Armstrong Robbie McEwen Richard Virenque Denis Menchov
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