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July 18, 2003

missoulian.com | Armstrong Keeps Tour Lead As Rival Nears

Ullrich won the Tour in 1997 and twice was runner-up to Armstrong.

"From the start I never thought I could win this time trial," he said at the finish, sweat dripping from his face. "I got my old rhythm back. ... I didn't expect this myself."

"I have never beaten Armstrong in a time trial in the Tour before, and I did it now, in my comeback year," Ullrich said.

"I have no words" to express the joy, he said.


Armstrong looked exhausted at the end of Friday's stage and was foaming slightly at the mouth after crossing the finish line.

Tyler Hamilton, an American competing with a broken collarbone, placed fifth and trails Armstrong by 2:59.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 18, 2003 in Stage results | Permalink


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