89th Tour de France - Grand Tour
France, July 6-28, 2002
2002 Tour de France rider journals
Champion in the making
Photo: © Jonathan Devich
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Team: United States Postal Service
A strong climber and time trialist, 26 year old Landis, from Lancaster Co.,
PA, burst onto the road scene in 1999 in his rookie road year, wearing the Maillot
Jaune and finishing third in the Tour de l'Avenir stage race, followed by 4th
place in 2000. After an up and down 2001 season with Mercury, Landis has been
a great addition to USPS in 2002, recently placing 2nd overall behind winner
and team leader Lance Armstrong in the Dauphiné Libéré.
Stage 1 - July 7: Luxembourg - Luxembourg, 192.5 km
Stress City Today
Today was a hard stage, with a lot of crashes. It was really stressful but
our soigneur Freddy "Fingers" Vianen told me that the mental stress is just
part of the Tour De France. I'm getting used to it already, but I was happy
when the stage was over! I got in a break today over the last climb. Some guys
ahead of me attacked so I figured that I'd go along and see what happened.
But there were too many strong guys so Zabel's team pulled us back. I think
it was hard for (Telekom) today. It was nice to be in a break...to get out of
all the action of the pack.
We (USPS) expected to lose the Maillot Jaune today...there was just no sense
in defending it with such a small gap on the sprinters teams. I saw the stage
winner go when he attacked...it was an impressive move on such a hard finish.
We were going really fast up the final climb into Luxembourg, so he must be
good. Tomorrow will be a quieter day for us.
Until next time,
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