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March 12, 2005

Julich one day closer to big win

VeloNews | Posthuma wins at Paris-Nice; Julich in yellow

Joost Posthuma of Rabobank took a big win Saturday, riding away from an 8-rider breakaway on the Col du Tanneron and soloing the last 20 kilometers into Cannes.

American Bobby Julich rode in the peloton, protected by a strong CSC squad, and his lead was never seriously threatened.

Tomorrow may be another day, however, as the race's final stage features a 2nd-category and three 1st-category climbs before finishing in Julich's adopted hometown of Nice.

Alejandro Valverde, sitting third overall:

"You could see Julich was very strong at Mont Faron," said third-placed Valverde. "We're running out of road to make up any time. Sunday's stage presents a favorable course, but the CSC block is also very solid. I see it as difficult."

Julich sounds optimistic:

"I know every single one of the climbs tomorrow, so I am very confident," Julich said.

Posted by Frank Steele on March 12, 2005 in Alejandro Valverde, Bobby Julich, Paris-Nice '05 | Permalink

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