June 10, 2004
Stunning Mayo ride takes over Dauphiné; Armstrong 5th on the day
It's no surprise that Iban Mayo is in incredible shape for the Dauphiné Libéré: He won Sunday's prologue time trial to wear the race's yellow jersey.
A little more surprising is that he was able to put almost 2 minutes (!) into Lance Armstrong in today's time trial up Mont Ventoux, as Mayo set a record for the climb at 55:51.
Mayo showed he's got to be among the favorites in July's Tour de France, and looks like the favorite to take the Dauphiné when it closes out on Sunday. Tyler Hamilton had an awesome ride to finish second on the day, 35 seconds back of Mayo, and moves into 2nd overall, 36 seconds behind the Euskaltel-Euskadi rider. Hamilton's Phonak teammate, Oscar Sevilla, was 3rd on the day, and 3rd in the GC. Armstrong, 5th on the day, remains 4th overall, at 2:00.
Levi Leipheimer of Rabobank was a respectable 8th overall, but was caught by Sevilla on the course.
"I thought Armstrong would be faster; I think it's a big surprise and maybe he had a bad day," said the happy Basque rider who now has command of the Dauphiné.
Armstrong's manager, Johan Bruyneel, gave Mayo his props:
"I'm a little disappointed; not in Lance, but in the differences between him and Mayo. It shows [we] are still not ready for the Tour. Lance did what he could today. Mayo beat the record by almost a minute which is an incredible performance."
"It's clear that Mayo is in top form now; he's very strong. For me today, my time wasn't as important as how I felt and I felt good...the sensations were positive. I came here to make two tests, the prologue and the TT and I was second in both of them." As for his former teammate and Gerona neighbour Lance Armstrong, Hamilton said "He's still the favourite for the Tour De France."
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