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Le Tour 2001

89th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 6-28, 2002

2002 Tour de France rider journals

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Champion in the making
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Floyd Landis

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Nationality: American
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 6 - Friday July 12: Fourges-les-Eaux - Alencon, 199.5 km

Frantic and fast

In a rush today
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Hi everybody. Hey I saw the guys from Cyclingnews this morning at the stage start, but I had to get out of the chaos so I just headed back to the team bus. Today was really fast again. It seemed like it took forever for the break to get away and for things to calm down. George and I were in a group that got away today. We were just covering the moves and making sure ONCE didn't get a guy into a break.

So it ended up to be just another long, hard day at the Tour de France.

I didn't look around much today but I did see some guy riding his horse along next to the pack. That was pretty cool. But mostly I just kept my eyes on what was going on in the pack, since it hurt more to crash than to go hard.

Tomorrow we hope that things will stay pretty much the same. That ONCE and the sprinter teams will do the work and we won't have much to do. So everything is just kind of cruisin' along.

See you tomorrow,

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