89th Tour de France - Grand Tour
France, July 6-28, 2002
2002 Tour de France rider journals
In addition to the exclusive journal by Cyclingnews diarists Bradley
Eustice and Mike
Tomalaris, the following list provides you with a profile on other riders
who will be keeping a regular diary during their adventures in this year's Tour.
Click on the rider journals
link for a short profile on each rider that goes straight to their diary; or
click on the stage
comments link that includes a summary of all their comments on one page.
Some have daily updates, while others update their diaries only when they have
not expended all their energy after a hard day in the saddle.
Edited by Anthony Tan
Directeur sportif journals
Prologue - Stage 7
Stage comments: Stages
8 - 14
After a stellar performance at the Giro d'Italia where Hamilton placed second
overall, the man from Marblehead, Massachusetts is looking good for a high placing
in the Tour. Although Tyler will be one of three leaders at CSC-Tiscali along
with Laurent Jalabert and Carlos Sastre, should one of the latter two falter,
Tyler will comfortably assume the mantle of being CSC's "main man".
Tyler's a humble man, and always tells it like it is; so if that's what you
want, don't forget to read what he's got to say during over the next few weeks.
Team: United States Postal Service
After a successful but not spectacular Spring Classics season, Georgie's all
set to work his butt off for his close friend and overwhelming TdF favourite,
Lance Armstrong. Hincapie's role will be to stay with Armstrong and keep him
out of the wind, keep him in the front of the peloton and when necessary, keep
him out of trouble. There's no aspirations of stage wins within Postal until
the fat lady starts singing along the Champs-Elysées. George won't be posting
a regular diary, but will most likely be feeding his comments back to his website
after each stage.
Nationality: South African
Team: Mapei-Quick Step
The 25 year-old from Johannesburg will be riding his second TdF this year
and will be a key protagonist in the Battle Royale for the maillot vert. Hunter's
had a great season so far, demonstrating superb form at the Tour of Langkawi
in Malaysia, where he was a multiple stage winner and wearer of the leader's
jersey until the stage to the Genting Highlands. And although Mapei boss Georgio
Squinzi has decided to pull the pin on cycling, chances are this fiery young
sprinter won't have to look too hard for a job once the TdF is over.
Team: Team Deutsche Telekom
With Ullrich out and now Kloeden and Vinokourov, the American duo of Bobby
Julich and Kevin Livingston have become the virtual GC leaders for Telekom by
default. It was only four years ago that Bobby J kicked some serious tail in
the TdF and finished third overall, the highest-placed American since Greg Lemond
eight years prior. Watch this space very closely - there's two dark horses looming,
clad in black and pink lycra.
Well this is why Rabobank paid him the big bucks. All for Le Tour and one
for all. All nine men from Rabobank will be supporting the revelation of the
2001 Vuelta, where Leipheimer appeared to go from zero to hero, all in the space
of three weeks. If the battle for the top spot on the podium has already been
conceded, it sure is going to be interesting to see who'll be standing next
to Lance in Paris.
Great things are expected of this talented and popular prologue and TT specialist
who was born in Malta, spent his early childhood in England, his teens in Hong
Kong and is now residing in Biarritz, France with a British passport - all makes
perfect sense! Although Millar has indicated the GC is not his top priority,
his DS Alain Bondue wants to see Kivilev and Millar in the top ten. Looks like
you gotta be a member to get Millartime's full report, but the guts of it are
for free, no strings attached.
Team: Credit Agricole
The larrikin from Adelaide may be relaxed in nature, but Stuey's all fired
up to duke it out once again for the maillot vert, and as he says, "my
goal will be to wear, then keep the green jersey until AFTER the line on the
Champs-Elysées! - that's the big objective". Looks like Stuart's diary
will be updated on a semi-regular basis as the world's largest annual sporting
event unfolds. Watch out for fireworks between O'Grady, Zabel, McEwen, Cooke
and Hunter over the next three weeks.
Team: Domo-Farm Frites
After an amazing Spring Classics, Fast Freddy contracted bronchitis that put
him in bad shape for the First Union Series, leaving him high and dry with no
real chance of defending his USPRO Championships title. But Rodriguez was once
again looking good during the Tour of Switzerland, where he was battling it
out with Zabel in the sprints and giving himself a dress rehearsal for the main
event, Le Tour. With such an amazing calibre of sprinters and the battle for
the maillot jaune seemingly over before it's even started, it's going to be
a great Tour once again for sprint fans.
Directeur Sportif Journals
Team: Crédit Agricole
The compassionate DS for green machine Credit Agricole will be providing a
twice-weekly diary, analysing Le Tour in detail, how his boys have fared, and
team strategies for the ensuing stages. A great behind-the-scenes look of what
it's like to manage a team who are primed to have a great Tour with GC rider
Christophe Moreau and Jon Vaughters, sprints extraordinare Stuart O'Grady and
stage specialists Jens Voight and Thor Hushovd.
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