Tour de France Preview
The 2003 Tour de France will be the centenary edition of La Grande Boucle.
going to be one of the toughest Tours...I believe that this Tour is tailor made for [Lance] Armstrong [U.S. Postal Service]." Pedro Delgado, winner of the 1988 Tour, declared, "This is a very balanced Tour de France...This is not a Tour for the best climbers. So [the] number one favorite is Lance Armstrong, and also Jan Ullrich [Team Bianchi]." Richard Virenque (Domo) stated, "There's something for everyone...for the sprinters, climbers, rouleurs, and attackers."
Greg Lemond should have the last word. The three-time Tour winner (1986, 1989, and 1990) likes the course. "I like it - it's a nice Tour," he said. "It's not particularly hard, and it's a good 'dosed' race, I guess you'd say. I always look at the course as kind of irrelevant. The strongest usually wins, on a hard course or an easy course. You have to be at your best in July."
And so the riders must! Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ for the run-up to the Tour. See how the Tour contenders perform at the Classique des Alpes (June 7), the Dauphine Libere (June 8-15), the Tour of Catalonia (June 16-22), and the Tour of Switzerland (June 16-25). Stay with http://www.roadcycling.com/ for cycling as it should be.
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