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July 17, 2003

VeloNews | A look ahead: Ullrich poised to challenge in TT

Over at VeloNews, John Wilcockson offers his analysis of Stage 12, tomorrow's individual time trial.

Of the presumed GC contenders, he says:

Armstrong faces his stiffest opposition from Hamilton and Ullrich. The injured Hamilton is not making any predictions but he proved in the Alps that his heart, lungs and legs are working perfectly. And because Friday's time trial doesn't have too many turns or steep climbs, he will be able to maintain his momentum without needing to make too many sharp accelerations.

Ullrich has yet to beat Armstrong in a Tour time trial, but the German star has never looked as comfortable or pleased with his form as he has this week. The Bianchi team leader overcame a stomach virus going into the Alps, and his return to the Tour has been impressive. He could even beat Armstrong - if you believe the rumors of the Texan's vulnerability.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 17, 2003 | Permalink