quasi in rem

Thursday, July 08, 2004

New Tour Leader...

After stage five, the top of the general classification is:
1. Thomas Voeckler (BLB)
2. Stuart O'Grady (COF) at 3'13'
3. Sandy Casar (FDJ) at 4'06'
4. Magnus Backstedt (ALB) at 6'03'
5. Jakob Piil (CSC) at 6'58'
6. Lance Armstrong (USP) at 9'35'
7. George Hincapie (USP) at 9'45'"

Phil Liggett predicted that he would let the yellow jersey slip from his grasp yesterday:
"Lance has now won 60 yellow jerseys over the years -- the same as Miguel Indurain -- but he still has a way to go to catch up with Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.

I think he will let the lead go if he has to this time, as the last week is so hard and he will not want to wear his team out at this early stage. Not with the final week that the tour has in store for him!"

So do the current leaders have a shot at holding onto their leads? O'Grady is a sprinter who should fade in the mountains. I have no idea who the other dudes are...


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