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July 09, 2003

Tour de France: Postmen take TTT

The US Postal Service team won its first team time trial today. By virtue of Victor Hugo Peña’s overall place, 1 second ahead of Armstrong, he becomes the new maillot jaune, the first ever yellow jersey from Colombia.

The tight bunching at the top of the leaderboard after yesterday's stage means that the Postmen are placed first through eighth in the overall standings!

1) Peña
2) Armstrong at 1”
3) Viatcheslav Ekimov (37 years old) at 5”
4) George Hincapie at 5”
5) José Luis Rubiera at 23”
6) Roberto Heras at 27”
7) Pavel Padrnos at 27”
8) Floyd Landis at 28”
9) Joseba Beloki (ONCE) at 33”
10) Jorg Jaksche (ONCE) at 38”

It’s fairly common to drop a rider or two who can’t keep up during the TTT — ONCE, Bianchi, and iBanesto all came in with 7 — but the Postal Service team demonstrated its depth by finishing strong and complete.

In the overall standings that count, Armstrong put 30 seconds into Joseba Beloki of ONCE, 43 seconds into Jan Ullrich of Bianchi and more than 3 minutes into Gilberto Simoni of Saeco.

Other team leaders (GC, or overall standings):
12) Jan Ullrich (Bianchi) at 39”
28) Fancisco Mancebo (iBanesto) at 1:30
29) Santiago Botero (Telekom) at 1:33
34) Paolo Bettini (QuickStep) at 1:39
39) Tyler Hamilton (CSC, riding with a broken collarbone!) at 1:45
40) Laurent Brochard (AG2R) at 1:45
56) David Millar (Cofidis) at 2:00
62) Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) at 2:03
63) Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) at 2:03
69) Davide Rebellin (Garolsteiner)at 2:10
79) Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) at 2:18
81) Laurent Dufaux (Alessio) at 2:21
92) Didier Rous (Brioches) at 2:43
106) Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) at 3:09

Yesterday’s yellow jersey, Jean-Patrick Nazon of Jean Delatour, is now in 112th, 3:19 behind Peña.

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Note to self: Caution, NotD contains Tour spoilers!

I won't see the time trials until tonight, when the delayed OLN coverage runs. I will need to avoid this site during the entire Tour unless I don't care about spoilers; check only on days off, maybe? Using an RSS feed wouldn't help, as the post's title gave away the [rather expected] outcome.

I hope that didn't come off too much like a rant. Go Postal!

Posted by: john m at Jul 9, 2003 1:25:48 PM

You call them spoilers, I call it news!

Posted by: Frank at Jul 9, 2003 1:32:32 PM

It *is* news, but... well, thanks for moving the news to another site. I guess you see where I'm coming from.

Regarding TV coverage, something is wrong (or, at least, stupid) with the DirecTV/TiVo programming, because the Season Pass option -- which allows a viewer to program TiVo to record every episode of a show in one step -- doesn't work. Eash night's coverage of Le Tour is considered a standalone show, which means I've got to program to record each night. Why did they do it like that? Grumble... It could/should have been so easy to record all the coverage.

Posted by: john m at Jul 10, 2003 5:23:42 PM