July 19, 2003
Alexandre Vinokourov, the 29-year-old Kazakh rider who is still in the hunt in third place overall at 51sec behind the 31-year-old US Postal team leader, admitted that alliances would have to be formed if Armstrong was to be dethroned.
"We have seen on the Alpe d'Huez that if we play it intelligently, everyone taking their turn, we can destabilise Armstrong," Vinokourov said.
"He's won four Tours and now there's other riders who want to win it. I think we're going to harass him (Armstrong). If he finds himself alone on the climbs he's going to find it much more difficult.
"That's where our chance lies, in isolating Armstrong."
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