July 20, 2004
Armstrong takes 2nd stage win, moves into yellow
10 men with a chance:
Armstrong and Azevedo of Postal, Basso, Sastre, and Voigt for CSC, Kloden and Ullrich of T-Mobile, Rasmussen and Leipheimer of Rabobank, Richard Virenque of Quick Step.
Sastre, Voigt, Azevedo, Rasmussen, and Virenque have fallen off the back.
Down to Kloden, Ullrich, Basso, Armstrong, and Leipheimer.
500 meters to go; Leipheimer is off the back. The T-Mobile's are pushing the pace, now Basso has sprinted away, and Armstrong turns on full steam. Basso can't hold him off; Armstrong has his 2nd stage win of the 2004 Tour.
1) Armstrong (US Postal)
2) Basso (CSC)
3) Ullrich (T-Mobile) at :03
4) Klöden (T-Mobile) at :06
5) Leiphimer (Rabobank) at :13
6) Virenque (Quick Step) at :48
7) Rasmussen (Rabobank) at :49
8) Azevedo (US Postal) at :53
9) Voigt (CSC) at 1:04
10) Sastre (CSC) at 1:24
It's Armstrong's 20th career stage win. Voeckler finished down 9:29, so Armstrong will take the 61st yellow jersey of his career, and start last in tomorrow's individual time trial up l'Alpe d'Huez.
Armstrong gains a little time on Ivan Basso based on the time bonus for the stage win.
GC Top 10:
1) Armstrong (US Postal)
2) Basso (CSC) at 1:25
3) Andreas Klöden (T-Mobile) at 3:22
4) Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears-Banesto) at 5:39
5) Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) at 6:54
6) José Azevedo (US Postal) at 7:34
7) Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner) at 8:19
8) Thomas Voeckler (Brioches la Boulangere) at 9:28
9) Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio-Bianchi) at 10:10
10) Levi Leipheimer (Rabobank) at 10:58
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Thanks for the coverage. I have also been providing some nominal coverage via my blog, pacetown (http://www.spacetownusa.com/hmmm.html).
Posted by: Jeremy Chrysler at Jul 20, 2004 11:00:08 AM
Once again, T-Mobile shows that's it isn't a team, but Jan and a bunch of other guys. When Jan is making his attack, his team isn't exactly helping him out. And what's CSC doing helping out USPS?
Posted by: BigFire at Jul 20, 2004 12:06:11 PM
Posted by: hunter at Jul 20, 2004 12:18:58 PM
Lance is not only an icon to professional cycling, but even more so, he exemplifies the true character of the human spirit. No matter what adversity we are faced with, we have the capabilities to overcome the toughest of circumstances. He is an inspiration to us all! GO LANCE GO BABY!!!!
Posted by: Chad Sem at Jul 20, 2004 6:32:50 PM
Team CSC weren't helping U.S. Postal so much as they were defending Basso's second place. Sure, Basso would love to defeat Armstrong, but a strong second place finish in Paris would be a fabulous result for him (and his team). It's in the interest of both teams to keep Ulrich at a safe distance.
Posted by: Rick at Jul 20, 2004 10:10:25 PM
Here's a link to Bjarne Riis's comments after the stage:
I'll probably post some excerpts on the front page, as well.
Posted by: Frank at Jul 20, 2004 10:56:08 PM