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The T-Mobile team reveal how they laid the ground for Alexandre Vinokourov's thrilling attack in Nan

The T-Mobile team reveal how they laid the ground for Alexandre Vinokourov's thrilling attack in Nan

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T-Mobile PR chief Luc Eisenga revealed tonight that he had sent directeur sportif Mario Kummer strategic information about the closing kilometres of stage six from Troyes to Nancy when he drove the course earlier in the afternoon. When the winding, undulating Nancy streets were later made treacherous by rain, Kummer used the intercom radio in his team car to provide Vinokourov with a mental map which the Kazakh didn't hesitate to exploit.

"I'm very happy with the way things turned out," Vinokourov, who now leads team-mate Jan Ullrich by 10 places on GC, commented within moments of crossing the line in second place to pick up 12 bonus seconds. "When the main bunch had almost caught Mengin, it slowed down and that was my cue to attack. I knew that the last couple of kilometres were dangerous and that there was a chance for me. It's a pity that Mengin crashed: I had to take one foot out of the pedal and that probably cost me the win."

Ullrich narrowly avoided a second pile-up as the peloton swung into the finishing straight, and was relieved to finish safely in 19th place to remain 1-36 adrift of Armstrong on GC. "I rode in the front half of the peloton all day to minimise the risk of crashing," the German said at the finish-line. We knew that the finishing circuit was going to be tricky. I'm happy for Vino."

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