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July 20, 2004

McEwen to be eliminated at Alpe d'Huez?

cyclingnews.com | Lotto-Domo concerned about Alpe d'Huez

Claude Criquielion, a Lotto-Domo director, is quoted in cyclingnews.com as concerned about green jersey Robbie McEwen surviving the uphill time trial at Alpe d'Huez tomorrow.

Elimination will be 33 percent over the winning time. Marco Pantani's record here was about 37 minutes, while Lance Armstrong's best time up the mountain was about 37.5 minutes, which means McEwen might have as little as 50 minutes to make the 15.5-km climb.

"That means that he will have to give full gas from the first metres," said Criquielion.

That also provides a little more insight into why O'Grady and Hushovd were contesting the intermediate sprint today.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 20, 2004 in Robbie McEwen, Stuart O'Grady, Thor Hushovd, Tour news | Permalink

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