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Monday, July 11, 2005

you have to keep on trying your luck until it gets on your side

A lesson in life from Jens Voigt(who claimed the yellow jersey following a great breakaway with former teammate, Christophe Moreau), who following his great ride yesterday was quoting as saying, "you have to keep on trying your luck until it gets on your side."

Voigt, Michael Rasmussen (who consolidated a big lead in the mountains jersey and took the stage), Stuart O'Grady (who made it over the hills and sent his team to the front to contest the sprint and finished fourth to take some great sprint points in the absence of the other fast men) and Lance Armstrong (who gave up the yellow jersey to an immensely popular rider on the team of a key rival, ensuring his team don't have to defend the jersey and he'll have some help from CSC if they really want to keep hold of the jersey), and the Discovery Team (who controlled the race with the absolute perfection of a child that was reprimanded because of their behavior the day before...) were the big winners yesterday. Jan Ullrich (who crashed on one of the descents (although x-rays showed him all clear)) was probably the only real loser on the day.

Continuing the long tradition of waiting for rivals after crashes, the Armstrong group slowed yesterday to allow Ullrich (who was brought back to the group by teammates) to rejoin.