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July 09, 2004

Abt calls Voeckler 'dangerous'

IHT | Yellow jersey changes backs as strategizing takes the day

Samuel Abt provides his usual excellent coverage of the stage. He talks with Swiss-American Sven Montgomery, riding for Gerolsteiner, about the effects the weather continues to have on this year's Tour, and about Montgomery's goal: to ride into Paris.

More interesting is Abt's characterization of Thomas Voeckler:

Only Voeckler among the five can be considered dangerous to Armstrong's hopes of winning a sixth successive Tour.

The Frenchman, unlike his fellow fugitives, is a strong climber and won a strenuous mountain stage in the Route du Sud race in France last month. If he holds his lead, nine minutes can be a big cushion into the climbs in the Massif Central on Wednesday and in the Pyrénées on July 16.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 9, 2004 in Lance Armstrong 2004, Thomas Voeckler | Permalink

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Interesting. OLN keeps saying that he has no proven climbing ability!

Posted by: lancefan at Jul 9, 2004 9:56:14 AM