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Old 05-15-02, 08:17 PM
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There are some fine Americans in the European peloton but, with the exception of Armstrong and Leipheimer, none of them are team leaders and therefore unlikely to be supported in a bid for the GC except in the most exceptional circumstances.

Julich is going to be working for his team leaders, Vinokourov for the GC and Zabel for stage wins. Hamilton will be working for jalabert, and for Piziks in the sprints. If Boogerd withdraws from the Giro, he'll probably lead Rabobank in the Tour, and Leipheimer would work for him.

The only American with a real chance of getting anywhere in the GC is, of course, Armstrong. Mst of the rest are domestiques.
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