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July 13, 2003

Virenque: Yellow, Polka-dot, Red race number

With his ride yesterday, Richard Virenque of QuickStep earned the leader's yellow jersey as well as the polka-dot jersey of the King of the Mountains (which Rolf Aldag wears today, since a rider only wears one leader's jersey).

Virenque was also voted the most aggressive rider, which is denoted by a special red rider's number he's wearing today.

Virenque has won the overall polka-dot jersey 5 times, and has to be the early favorite to win it this year. So far today, he's riding with the leaders, who are over the top of the Galibier and headed for the climb of L'Alpe d'Huez. None of Virenque's teammates have been able to hang, while Lance Armstrong, 2nd overall, is riding with 6 teammates between the climbs. Update: Australia's Michael Rogers has rejoined the leaders' group, joining his teammate Virenque.

Seen at the official Tour website.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 13, 2003 in About the Tour | Permalink


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