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July 16, 2003

OLNTV.com | Chat with Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen at 2 p.m. Eastern

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen spent part of the rest day chatting with OLN-TV internet visitors in a chat this afternoon at 2 Eastern. I would have posted a transcript but technical problems with OLN's IRC server broke up the chat after only a couple of questions. OLN is supposed to try again on the next rest day.

From Liggett's Stage 10 review:

Will Lance Armstrong win? Everyone still thinks he will, but it will be his best victory of his five Tour wins, if he does. "I have to ride the best time trial of my life, on Friday," says Lance. The very fact he believes this to be so, means he can be attacked in the Pyrenees by the likes of Iban Mayo. Is he not riding as well as previously, or are the rest getting better?

Sherwen covers the same ground:

When they start racing again they will have a long, hot stage to Toulouse and then the first individual time trial. Armstrong knows and has admitted that this will be the most important time trial of his career. He'll either smash them or confirm that he is not in the same condition that he has had these last four seasons. I thought that he handled himself very well on the road to Gap and that he was superior to the Lance of the Alpe d'Huez. But in the time trial, there are no secrets and nowhere to hide.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 16, 2003 in Television | Permalink


I really enjoy your coverage guys.Lance ll the way. Our family was in Paris in 1994 to see Indurain win and Lance in the stage. Since then we have been into the Tour as a family. Your coverage gets better and better each year. Thank you. Bruce V. Bennett, Madison, Wis.

Posted by: Bruce at Jul 18, 2003 12:24:22 PM

Hi, As a Belgian living in this country for 40 years
and an ex bicycle racer. I really appreciate your
coverage on OLN I only hope when Lance retires that it will continue??
E Pevenage

Posted by: E Pevenage at Jul 18, 2003 1:49:17 PM


I'm with you in enjoying OLN's coverage, but am in no way connected to them.

Just a rabid Tour fan with a weblog.

OLN has a feedback page: http://www.olntv.com/feedback.asp.


Posted by: Frank Steele at Jul 18, 2003 1:59:12 PM

I'm a euro transplant here to the United States and am very pleased with OLN's coverage of the Tour de France. Phil and the rest of the crew do a remarkable job of bringing the excitent of the Tour into our home every night! Phil, keep up the awesome work, you couldn't do a better job and we are big fans yours!

I wonder...once Lance Armstrong is out of the Tour picture will OLN continue this level of coverage even if there is not an American rider at the top?

Posted by: Stephan at Jul 18, 2003 7:36:08 PM

I am a great fan of Jan Ullrich. I had never doubted in his chances of
him winnig the Tour of France. There is still long way to go, but I think
that he has a psychological advantage of his rivals.
Let's go Jan. It's yours you can do it.

Posted by: Max Benajamin at Jul 19, 2003 2:36:26 PM

Phil and Paul - I really enjoy the TV show and your expert commentary. I enjoy the interviews with Lance. Perhaps you can catch some others on the Team too. I cannot recall his name, but I also like the guy and lady who host. It really helps that you all have raced in your histories. Camera work is excellent - like I'm out there on the road with the pelaton! %Thanks

Posted by: Bill Stockard at Jul 22, 2003 7:43:20 AM

Phil and Paul - I really enjoy the TV show and your expert commentary. I enjoy the interviews with Lance. Perhaps you can catch some others on the Team too. I cannot recall his name, but I also like the guy and lady who host. It really helps that you all have raced in your histories. Camera work is excellent - like I'm out there on the road with the pelaton! %Thanks

Posted by: Bill Stockard at Jul 22, 2003 7:43:37 AM

I used to live in Plano Texas in 1978 I was run over by a truck. Since Lance Armstrong lived there did he hear about it. I am a big fan and I ride my mountain bike all the time. My website has a link for air combat usa that has pictures of me. I wish I could meet lance. I think since he had cancer he is a survivor like me with the truck accident.

Posted by: David Demery at Jul 22, 2003 10:29:13 AM

Just a little note to say that I have enjoyed OLN's coverage of the Tour this year. Could not imagine trying to keep up with the days events without your outstanding coverage. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Greg Musgrave at Jul 22, 2003 8:12:17 PM

Dear Sir

Bob Roll Phl & Paul do such a great job of covering the Tour, why must this
Gum woman, who knows nothing about cycling offer ludicrous comments about
something she cannot begin to comprehend ? Thanks guys for your wonderful work.

Posted by: Robert C Gillespie at Jul 23, 2003 12:09:29 AM

Guys --

I'm the webmaster of this site. I have no connection with Outdoor Life, other than enjoying their wall-to-wall coverage. If you would like to send comments to OLN-TV, their feedback page is:


Posted by: Frank Steele at Jul 23, 2003 11:01:50 AM

How about giving a break down of the frame and component makers that the various teams are using. I assume the teams get their frames and componets free for the advertising the mfrs receive. Also, it looks from the TV coverage, the USPS team, or at least Lance's Trek frame is either aluminum or titanium not carbon fiber. Is my observation correct?

I enjoy your commentary very much. Keep up the great coverage.

Posted by: dw parker at Jul 23, 2003 5:20:55 PM

I like the great coverage OLN is doing on the Tour de France this year. I started watching the Tour when Greg Lamond was racing. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: JJ at Jul 24, 2003 12:12:29 AM

Is the special skin suit Lance Armstrong wore for the time trial made of breathable material? If not his body would have a hard time cooling off on a hot day.

Posted by: JJ at Jul 24, 2003 12:18:57 AM

Have any riders complained about the smoke and fumes that they must encounter with all the vehicles that accompany the tour

Posted by: Lyn Thomas at Jul 25, 2003 7:44:53 AM

Bob and Phil: Although I'm a grandmother, I watch the coverage every day and really enjoy it because you folks are so knowledgeable. Do you think that you would be able to go over the pronunciation of rider's names and French cities with Kirsten Gum next year? By Stage 18, she should be able to correctly pronounce Vinokourov.

Posted by: Elsie M. Paradise at Jul 25, 2003 1:58:33 PM

Great work! I'm a Colombian living now in USA. What you guys are doing is superb. I also enjoy Bob's humor! I just hope you will continue with the coverage once L. A. and T. H. are gone.

Posted by: AL Portela at Jul 25, 2003 3:56:53 PM


You are the Murray Walker of bicyling. Thanks for your dedication.

Posted by: Eric Schowengerdt at Jul 25, 2003 7:42:19 PM

Your TDF team (Phil, Paul, Bob,...) is fantastic! I enjoy very much your coverage of the race.
Just a question from someone who tries to figure out all the little nuances of this wonderful event:
Why does the team trial time count in the individual's time? It seems a bit unfair to individuals
who are on a weaker team.
For instance (if my calculations are correct), if one subtracts the team time trial time the race
would be much closer:
Jan would be 22sec behind Lance, Vino 1 min 2 sec, Zub. and Iban 1.56 and 2.05, respectively (Euskaltel
team really blew it with 3.22 behind USPS in the time trial).

Posted by: Richard at Jul 25, 2003 9:29:22 PM

Love the coverage by Phil and Paul. They are a delight to listen to with their knowledge of the sport and riders providing interesting ancedotes and seemless commentary. I have been a fan for many years and hope you guys continue to cover this event for many more.
Thanks for a great three weeks.
Stuart, Calgary, AB

Posted by: Stuart at Jul 26, 2003 11:54:01 AM