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Old 07-21-03, 08:39 AM   #1
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Stage 15- SPOILER!!!

And the only reason why I'm posting is because I'm following along with the live audio.

I am UPSET!!! Armstrong and Mayo crashed when they were in an attack after a long downhill descent. The reason? A spectator got in the way, and they hit the spectator!

Up until then, Armstrong, Mayo and Ullrich were neck and neck- Ullrich took off, but then waited for the two to recover.

This is crazy!!!!!

Dang, I am beginning to hate the spectators- they truly need a better system of caging them in or something!

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Old 07-21-03, 08:41 AM   #2
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Ok, even more crazy- Armstrong is bleeding, Mayo and Armstrong catch up with Ullrich, and now Mayo counterattacks, and Armstrong overtakes both of them and they are all 7 km from the finish line! Ullrich is NOT responding to the attack!

THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!
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Koffee,

Lance is gonna win this one by 1:30 over Jan.
firmly in Yellow by end of the day (unless he crashes
again).
Kudo's to Ullrich for sportsmanship in not attacking
when LA was down. That was payback for 2 years
ago when LA waited for JU.

Lance is BACK (or he never really left!).

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Old 07-21-03, 08:47 AM   #4
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He is looking good. Man my heart started beating at about 150 bpm when I read that on the live coverage.
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Old 07-21-03, 08:50 AM   #5
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No spectator, he slipped from his pedal and hit the ground. This was very clear during the replays. This happened again some minutes later but now without falling of his bike. Gentleman Jan waited for Armstrong instead of taking advantage. And now it seems Armstrong is heading for his fifth victory.
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Old 07-21-03, 08:50 AM   #6
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BTW, Jan is closing the gap a bit now.
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Amazing how any of these guys can recover from the ITT to ride like this.
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Old 07-21-03, 08:55 AM   #8
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I have to go home now, can't stand this and I'm exhausted
and the stage isn't even over yet!
Mattc only 150 bpm? man you are one cool collected guy!

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Lance won the stage by 40 sec plus 20 sec bonification for the 1st place...

This is so crazy....

Allthough i'm an Ullrich Fan, what Lance is doing there is so brilliant!!!

Sad for Vino, he lost over a minute on Jan...

What a fantastic tour!
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Ok, they didn't elaborate yet that it wasn't a spectator.

Lucky you, got the live visual there. Keep informing us about what's going on!

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Phil and Paul still say that
lance went down due to his bars being hooked by
a spectator. I can't wait to watch this one.

Lance takes stage 15, 20 second time bonus
Ullrich takes 4th no time bonus. approx 1:15 deficit
to Lance.

what a race.

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I am emotionally spent!

I've been screaming for like an hour now! I didn't do my morning ride- I got a ride planned for the full day tomorrow... I will have to slip someone my cell phone number so I can keep getting the updates, because otherwise, I will not be riding at all- make that, I won't be riding for the rest of the week!

I am thrilled for his victory. Do you have the standings yet of the top 5 finishers you can post for us?
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Maybe the best tour I've ever seen.
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My wife called and said that it appeared that lance
broke brake/shifter in the fall. She said it was swivelling all
over the place.

can you imagine what Lance would have done had he
not fallen?

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Old 07-21-03, 09:02 AM   #15
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Today was an AWESOME race!!! I only wish I had a TV so I coulda watched the final drama....

Lance... forgive me for doubting you! LOL
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I guess i'll start seeing riders slipping off there pedals now.lol.
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Holy cow!! I was jumping up and down in my living room as Lance crashed and then stomped butt! The dogs thought I was nuts!

Go Lance!
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Holy cow!! I was jumping up and down in my living room as Lance crashed and then stomped butt! The dogs thought I was nuts!

Go Lance!
My wife said the same exact thing.
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Lance has won the stage and increased his overall lead!!!!!!!!!
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Ullrich was just give 3rd place.
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Official results have Ullrich at 1:07 behind Lance.
followed by Vino who is 2:45 behind LA.

Apparently spectator was reaching for feedbag and hooked
lances pedals.

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The top eight in stage 15 is:
1. Lance Armstrong 159.5km in 4h29'26" (35.518kph)
2. Iban Mayo at 40"
3. Jan Ullrich at 40"
4. Haimar Zubeldia at 40"
5. Christophe Morea at 40"
6. Ivan Basso at 47"
7. Tyler Hamilton at 1'10"
8. Alexandre Vinokourov at 2'07"
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What a race. Kudos to Ullrich for maintaining the gentleman's position of waiting for his competitor. Lance is awesome. I don't know if I can watch many more of these - may not be able to take all the excitement and emotion.
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  • 1 1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 65h 36' 23"
    2 131 ULLRICH Jan GER TBI 01' 07"
    3 28 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL 02' 45"
    4 179 ZUBELDIA Haimar ESP EUS 05' 16"
    5 171 MAYO Iban ESP EUS 05' 25"
    6 81 BASSO Ivan ITA FAS 08' 08"
    7 71 HAMILTON Tyler USA CSC 09' 02"
    8 121 MOREAU Christophe FRA C.A 11' 09"

Excuse its not nice, but therefore quick
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Kudos to Ullrich and the other riders in the group who showed such outstanding sportsmanship by waiting for LA when he went down.
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