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July 02, 2005

Zabriskie takes Stage 1, Armstrong passes Ullrich!

CSC's Dave Zabriskie took Stage 1 of the Tour de France, but his amazing performance will be somewhat overshadowed by Lance Armstrong's ride.

Zabriskie joins the elite fraternity of American yellow jersey wearers (I think only Armstrong, Lemond, Zabriskie), nipping Armstrong by 2 seconds in the 19 kilometer time trial, the fastest (non-prologue) in Tour history. He also becomes the first American to win a stage in the Vuelta, the Giro, and the Tour.

Armstrong showed that any concerns about his fitness are ill-founded, finishing 2nd on the day, and actually passing Jan Ullrich, who started one minute ahead, on the road. That means Armstrong is already 1:06 up on T-Mobile's team leader, and :51 on Vinokourov.

Four Americans in the top 6 riders. T-Mobile will be talking about whether they should switch horses to Vinokourov tonight.

Top 10 plus interesting riders:

1) Dave Zabriskie, CSC 20:51
2) Lance Armstrong, Discovery, at :02
3) Alexandre Vinokourov, T-Mobile, at :53
4) George Hincapie, Discovery, at :56
5) Laszlo Bodrogi, Credit Agricole, at :59
6) Floyd Landis, Phonak, at 1:01
7) Fabian Cancellara, Fassa Bortolo, at 1:01
8) Jens Voigt, CSC, at 1:04
9) Vladimir Karpets, Illes Balears, at 1:05
10) Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, Liberty Seguros, at 1:06
11) Bobby Julich, CSC, at 1:06
12) Jan Ullrich, T-Mobile, at 1:08
14) Levi Leipheimer, Gerolsteiner, at 1:13
20) Ivan Basso, CSC, at 1:26

Posted by Frank Steele on July 2, 2005 in Dave Zabriskie, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong, Stage results, Top Stories | Permalink


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Great stage to watch. Nice suprise with Lance passing. Still I want this race to be close at the end. Oh, and I want Al Trautwig to "accidently" dissapear into the night. Has Al ever actually ridden a bicycle, does he know it has 2 wheels?

Posted by: speckled_trout at Jul 2, 2005 1:22:44 PM

Is there a chance that Armstrong gave the win to Zabriskie ?

Posted by: Pedro at Jul 2, 2005 2:05:49 PM

No, I think it took a lot out of LA to stomp the pass on Ullrich so decisively and so LA let up a little after the stomp. My $0.02

Posted by: Mike at Jul 2, 2005 2:19:41 PM

I think Armstrong has a strong interest in supporting the future of American cycling - and Zabriskie's win is a testament of that.

Posted by: Stephen Svoboda at Jul 2, 2005 2:32:36 PM

What an increadible start to this years tour, I think were in for a great tour!

Tour Guy

Posted by: Tour Guy at Jul 2, 2005 3:48:27 PM

I really don't want to hear the "Jan must have really hurt himself" excuses, but they've already started. He was stomped today. I love it.

Posted by: Marianne at Jul 2, 2005 4:48:25 PM

Pedro -- looks like no way Armstrong was thinking that way. From cyclingnews.com:

"...when he crossed the finish like in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, Armstrong realized that Zabriskie had beat him by just 0'02. The tough Texan chucked his helmet down hard after the stage finish, but once he had cooled off, Armstrong realized that his ride today was still an excellent result."

Posted by: Frank at Jul 2, 2005 5:01:09 PM

I think what threw Lance off was his foot misshap at the beggining of the time trial, they said it could cost him 2-3 seconds, and look at what he lost by! He may have been a little angry with his performance today, even though hes ahead of third place by 52 seconds. I heard he was going to try and hold the yellow jersey all they way through the race, so thats probably the real reason hes dissapointed. But I'm betting he still has this race in the bag!

Posted by: Stephen at Jul 2, 2005 5:56:19 PM

If I have to hear Paul Sherven say again, that after losing all these races to Lance, that Jan Ullrich is a "beast of a man" one more time, I may have to cancel OLN & everyone else he works for while I'm puking. Give it up Paul.

Posted by: Walt at Jul 2, 2005 7:34:17 PM

Curious if there were wind speed differences that were measured when Lance vs. Zabriskie were cycling?

Posted by: SteveR at Jul 2, 2005 9:43:38 PM

If you want to enjoy LA passing Ulle over and and over again visit OLN.COM and watch the video. Click on daily video and there you will find it. Notable is the commentary from Liggett and Sherwin, consummate professionals they have the ultimate take on the action. Especially Liggett, after Sherwin says " and he's blown by him" -- Liggett, says: " and he's took one glance - Ullrich - and he's [Armstrong] gone!"
Absolutely fantastic -- Unbelievable, Armstrong blew his doors off! -- the second best part of the video is that Liggett sounds like "Scotty" from Star Trek -- Which should really make Ian feel like he's right at home. Imagine Liggett --sounding remarkably like our favorite Scot "I'm giving it all she's got captain! ....and he took one glance -ULLRICH - and he's gone!!!!!! Watch it on the big screen... Yeah

Posted by: Bubblehead at Jul 3, 2005 12:59:05 AM

Correction to the above post - it's olntv.com. :)

Posted by: Ian Ashley at Jul 3, 2005 3:39:35 PM

anyone have the total number of races/events LA has won, besides the TdF?

Posted by: giovanni at Jul 4, 2005 5:58:59 PM

Hope you have a good ride on your bike.Tell your members of your team to stick together.You stick together and you will be together.

THANKS TO oln Iget to talk to you . Have a good ride and I'll see you at the end . Stan tm.

Posted by: stan cooper at Jul 12, 2005 12:02:02 PM


I have been up at 5:00am every morning to see you race,I have enjoyed every minute. After all you have been through,you are indeed an inspiration, god bless.

Posted by: Virginia Reisdorph at Jul 13, 2005 8:49:48 PM


Posted by: OSCAR RUANO at Jul 21, 2005 9:58:39 PM

Dear Lance,
We have your cancer braclet's ... you have our heart's. You have given the world a champion forever ! God Bless You always.
Take Good Care ,
Lee Jose'e & Popcorn

Posted by: Mr & Mrs Edward Fisher at Jul 24, 2005 9:02:18 AM

Thank-you for the great coverage of the Tour de France. I have only one question--all along the way I see the people watching the riders wearing bright yellow hats. They do not appear to be the same ones in the official caps. Can you tell me where these folks got these hats?
Thank-you for having such great programs

Posted by: Eleanor Taylor at Jul 24, 2005 10:38:35 AM

I have to asmit I was not a big bike riding fan until this year I watched it for the first time. And it has changed everything for me. Just watching the ups and downs. I could never get on a bike and ride everyday like ya'll do. congulation to you. And now its time to treasure the childern they are adorable and I can tell they mean alot to you. Take care from a other texan

Posted by: cindy hudgins at Jul 25, 2005 8:26:38 AM