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July 07, 2004

TTT of surprises

CSC was 11th at an intermediate time check, then had an accident — they won't finish high on the day.

Phonak had to sit up for an 8th rider, and the OLN team didn't even mention their missing 9th rider.

T-Mobile has come through with the 2nd best time at 2 early time checks.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's time survived quite a few teams, and will probably wind up close to mid-pack.

Illes Balears-Banesto was the first team to put a dent in Euskaltel's lead.

Benjamin Noval was dropped by USPS, who was 37 seconds back at the first time check and in 6th.

Liberty Seguros caught Fdjeux.com, who started 5 minutes(!) in front of them. Bodes well for Roberto Heras placing high.

Phonak finished with only five riders, but set the best time of the day so far, ahead of Illes Balears-Banesto, T-Mobile, and Liberty Seguros.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 7, 2004 in Tour news | Permalink


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