July 23, 2003
Tyler Freaking Hamilton has posted his diary update, post-Stage 16 victory:
Last night [Team CSC directeur sportif] Bjarne pulled everyone together just to remind us that the Tour was not over. He told us to maintain our focus on the race, and to avoid thinking about Paris.
He said there was a stage similar to today's in the '96 Tour. It was one of the last of the most difficult days of that year's race. He noted that some of the guys had started to relax a bit, and on that day missed an opportunity when an important break went up the road. He shared this story with us to remind us that the race was still in full swing, and there were still opportunities to be made or missed... and that none of us should be asleep at the wheel.
The ironic thing was that I almost fell into the very trap Bjarne was warning us about.
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