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How did ullrich gain 15 sec on the last stage?(4 posts)

How did ullrich gain 15 sec on the last stage?QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Jul 28, 2003 1:31 PM
Didn't he start off at 1:16 that da and ended with 1:01. I know that the finishing sprint is 20 sec bonus, but where did he make up 15 sec. I didn't see him in any of the intermidiary sprints or the finish. He must of tried to sprint because like the top 20 where on full bore. Anybody know the answer?
There were two groupsTJeanloz
Jul 28, 2003 1:35 PM
An 85 man field finished 15 seconds ahead of the group that Armstrong was in. It's reasonable that Armstrong didn't want to be involved in the tussle of a bunch sprint, that might have a resulting crash.
Here's the blow-by-blow ...Humma Hah
Jul 28, 2003 1:54 PM
... But I think you would really need helicopter video to actually follow the melee. I caught a few seconds of the sprint, head-on, on the evening news Sunday night, and it looked pretty intense. All the riders seemed to be smiling like Cheshire cats.

Ullrich was in the sprint group that got the same time as the sprint winner. Armstrong was buried deep in the peloton which did not get the same time as the leaders. The sprint group DID determine the Green Jersey, which had the leaders 2 points apart, enough to swing on a final sprint in Paris.

http://www.letour.fr/2003/us/depeches.oft?service=RaceServer&RaceType=TDF&RaceYear=2003&StageNumber=2000&Language=ANG
Giving a leadout to Fabrizio?jumphress
Jul 28, 2003 2:57 PM
Most folks don't recall that in those years that Zabel was contesting the green jersey, Jan was usually involved in leading him out.