July 09, 2004
Abt calls Voeckler 'dangerous'
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.
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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