July 18, 2004
McEwen comfortable in green
Robbie McEwen says anybody else who wants the green jersey for the best sprinter in the 2004 Tour de France might as well just go home.
"The green jersey is one of the most unpredictable competitions in the Tour de France but I think I've got enough pure speed to have my rivals covered," he said after the 192.5km 14th stage from Carcassonne to Nimes overnight.
"To tell the truth I was confident from the start of the Tour because I've been sprinting fast from the first stage in Belgium.
McEwen says he is still suffering from pain in his knee, back and ribs from three crashes in the Tour, but feels good about taking his 2nd overall green jersey, along with the 2002 maillot vert.
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