July 22, 2004
Virenque to set KoM record with 7th title
By going to the front early today, and leading the race over several climbs, Richard Virenque has ensured that, if he makes it to the Champs-Elysees, he'll win an all-time record 7th polka-dot jersey.
"That jersey means a lot to me. My first was in 1994 and it's ten years ago already. It's been ten years and I'm still around. I won a stage again, like I did last year and the year before."
"I rode in the [Miguel] Indurain era and now in the Armstrong era. When I saw Armstrong win the Tour the way he started winning it, I knew my chances of overall victory had gone."
"I reverted to that polka-dot jersey which is a great satisfaction and it suits me just fine."
"I don't know if I'll do this again next year. The more the years go by, the more difficult it gets. I'm getting old. We'll see."
Virenque's other 6 wins came in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2003.
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