July 15, 2003
The team competition
Today, the Euskaltel-Euskadi team spent quite a while at the front, working with US Postal to manage the gap to the breakaway group. Why?
The Spanish teams traditionally value the overall team prize. The team rankings are calculated by each team's 3 highest placed finishers in each stage (for Fassa Bortolo, those are now also the 3 lowest placed finishers, since they've only got 3 riders left in the race).
Thanks to Jacob Piil, Team CSC have taken the overall team lead by 27 seconds over iBanesto.com, whose Vicente Garcia Acosta finished 2:07 behind Piil, but more importantly 19:16 in front of any Euskaltel riders. iBanesto.com therefore leapfrogged Euskaltel, which led the competition this morning.
1) Team CSC (w/Tyler Freaking Hamilton) 134:32:58
2) iBanesto.com @ :27
3) Euskaltel-Euskadi @ 11:09
4) US Postal @ 15:20
5) Cofidis @ 21:16
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