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Lance on Luz Ardiden.(6 posts)

Lance on Luz Ardiden.Helduser
Nov 14, 2003 12:34 PM
Does anyone know who the cyclist was that pissed him off on Luz Ardiden? The guy who provided him with the inspiration by stating that he would take the yellow jersey from him? Was it Jan Ullrich?
it was ONCE's Saiz...the DS. <nm>Zone_5_Junkie
Nov 14, 2003 1:35 PM
it was ONCE's Saiz...the DS. <nm>Helduser
Nov 17, 2003 6:58 AM
thanks. I don't know why they didn't mention his name in the article.
I thought it was...cbass
Nov 17, 2003 1:22 PM
I thought it was Pevanage, Bianchi's DS or it might have been Ullrich himself.

Ullrich was only seconds behind Lance at the time and he attacked (prematurely) on the Tourmalet so I think it was the Bianchi guys that were feeling confident prior to that stage. When Ullrich attacked there were quite a few fans there that day that thought that Lance was done. He worked his way back proved them wrong for sure.

At that stage Beloki was out of the race and ONCE didn't have anyone close enough to think about getting the jersey. Jaksche was more than 20 minutes back.
I read two articlesvindicator
Nov 17, 2003 3:48 PM
One didn't name the person, the other said it was the manager or DS of Bianchi.
re: Lance on Luz Ardiden.cbass
Nov 20, 2003 6:24 AM
after stage 13

With some serious fighting words, Ullrich's team director Rudy Pevenage explained to the TV cameras post stage that "although some people said so, Ullrich wasn't sick with stomach trouble earlier in the stage. He just had to stop to answer the call of nature."

"I'm very happy about his performance and at this point, we can not deny that Jan is the number one candidate to win the Tour de France," Pevenage added. "And we know he's better in the heat than Armstrong."

Ullrich's long-time director sportif Walter Godefroot at Telekom put it even more frankly. "Jan is the #1 candidate to win the Tour. Now we are looking for a podium spot for Vinokourov... we just never expected this!"