July 24, 2003
John Wilcockson of VeloNews analyzes what's likely to be the fastest Tour in history:
One reason for the ultra-fast Tour has been the willingness of riders to attack from the start virtually every day - even in the mountain stages. On Thursday, for instance the riders had barely left the start area in Dax and done a brief loop around the city's narrow streets before 10 riders from 10 different teams went clear.
With the green jersey competition so close, and the time trial on Saturday playing such a crucial role, the high average (Armstrong is averaging 40.478 km/h or 25.151 mph, about .2 km/h faster than his record average in 1999) is likely to increase.
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