July 22, 2004
Leipheimer diary updated
Subtitled, "Rest day and stages 97 and 98 and 99"!
Leipheimer made his presence known today, and has moved Top 10 in the GC.
I made it into the small group of six in the end. Floyd was unbelievable to say the least. I couldn't believe it but he dropped me with three kilometers to go on the final climb. He was riding such a fast tempo on the front for Lance. Then he had to wait for everyone on the descent. It was crazy how strong he was today. I was able to recover some on the descent in order to sprint across the line. I moved up one spot in the GC which is encouraging. Now I'm in ninth and Paris is around the corner. I have two more opportunities before the final ride into Paris. I'm ready and I hope my legs are on the same page.
Rumors have him rejoining US Postal next year, but you have to wonder in what role? With the new Pro Tour, Postal will need more team leaders than before, since they'll need to compete in all the national tours, but it's hard to imagine Armstrong skipping the Tour with a new sponsor on his chest.
I can't link to it, but check out Leipheimer's rider page at the official Tour page. They've got him abandoning after the first stage, with a picture that looks remarkably like Alessandro Petacchi -- Levi hasn't had that much hair in years.
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