July 15, 2004
Mayo awaits Pyrenees
It's hard to overestimate the importance of the Eusaltel-Euskadi team in the Basque region of Spain, and the importance of the Pyrenees to the Euskaltel-Euskadis.
Basque authorities have distributed 70,000 orange t-shirts to fans, and they will be lining the roads up to La Mongie on Friday and to Plateau de Beille on Saturday.
For the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, the Pyrenees arrive just in time. The team has yet to score a stage win, and team leader Iban Mayo's chances in the general classification have been discounted by most observers, after he was caught out on Stage 3's Belgian cobbles.
"The Pyrenees are looming, that's my terrain and so everybody is asking me if I will attack," said Mayo.
"Naturally the answer is yes."
"If I could choose, I'd like to win at La Mongie on Friday. I know that thousands of Basque fans are getting ready to line the climb to the finish so it would be incredible to win in front of them."
"It won't be easy because everybody will be expecting me to attack but that won't stop me trying."
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