Good day, bad day - stage 20

A great day for Lance Armstrong, Hinault gives his vote to Simeoni, and only French TV doesn't do it

A great day for Lance Armstrong, Hinault gives his vote to Simeoni, and only French TV doesn't do it
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE GOOD DAY: Filippo Simeoni: The cheeky Italian attacked right from the gun, and soon had the peloton strung out behind him. After a dressing-down from Lance Armstrong when he attacked on Friday's stage, Armstrong and US Postal were again at the front to make sure that the attack was ended after eight kilometres. Marks out of 10 - ten for sheer tenacity. Plus Bernard Hinault awarded Simeoni the prize for the most aggressive rider of the day. US Postal: Having the Tour winner in their ranks is obviously good reason for them to have had a good day, but they also have to be credited for their very fetching special edition team kit - much more tasteful than past years' efforts to incorporate some yellow into the team uniform. This time the red stripes on the chest and around the legs of Berry Floor, the team's co-sponsor, were simply changed for yellow. 'Nuff said. Marks out of 10 - eight. The squad finished second overall in the team classification behind Jan Ullrich's T-Mobile team, but a win for Postal really would have completed the picture. BAD DAY: French television channel France 2: For choosing not to show the images of Simeoni's initial attack. Especially as a great cheer went up in the press room when everyone realised what was happening. Marks out of 10 - a big fat nine for depriving everyone of one of the moments of the Tour. Otherwise, it was a predominantly good day good all round. The usual jests and japes, including champagne drinking, swapping helmets with the motorbike riders and taking pictures of each other, traditional of the final stage, were there, plus the sun came out to welcome the 147 remaining riders to Paris. A good day.
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