Good day, bad day - stage 17

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 11.00pm
Has Andreas Kloeden been watching the video of team-mate Erik Zabel's Milan-San Remo sprint? It cert
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE BAD DAY: T-Mobile: Another finale with two T-Mobile riders in it and another tactical confusion - was Kloeden meant to lead out Ullrich or was it supposed to be the other way around? The end result was the same once more with Big Tex, aka Super Tex, blasting past to victory, just as he did in Villard de Lans. Marks out of 10 - a feeble four for another failed offensive. Matt Wilson, Jimmy Engoulvent, Erik Dekker, Jimmy Casper, Santiago Botero: All fined 40 Swiss francs for taking pushes from spectators. That's the same Botero who won the King of the Mountains prize in the Tour a few years ago, while riding for Kelme. Marks out of 10 - a nasty nine for suspicions confirmed. Janek Tombak: Ouch - that's gotta hurt. The Cofidis rider caught his fingers in his rear wheel while trying to adjust his brakes and - yelping with pain - was forced out of the race, three days from Paris. No marks, just a lot of sympathy for that painful mishap. GOOD DAY: Cannibals: Grrr, watch out - they're all the rage on this year's Tour. Lance's sixth Tour win, his fourth stage in five days. Virenque's seventh King of the Mountains prize and the 16th press buffet of the 91st Tour for the locusts in the media. Thirty-six degrees and the beer's free. Marks out of 10 - A top ten for the charming locals of Le Grand Bornand. They're assured a good press.

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