Tour st 14: Good day, bad day

Jan has his best day for a while, Ivan and Floyd flourish too, but it's a tough day for the fans, Ko

Jan has his best day for a while, Ivan and Floyd flourish too, but it's a tough day for the fans, Ko


Good day:

Jan Ullrich: Looking good again, Jan! As Lance said, yo' is one tough dude! No matter how many times he gets run over by his team car or blown over by the wind at 60 kilometres per hour, the Janster grits his teeth and fights back. Trouble is, it looks like he's heading for second place again to us.

Ivan Basso: Tour champion in waiting or just another nearly man? Basso showed today that he has the class and the panache needed to steal into the maillot jaune at some point soon. Lance, on the other hand, showed him that it won't be this year.

Floyd Landis: A scrapping performance from the former Mennonite proved that he is still in with a shout of a podium finish. It also proved, if proof were needed, that he ain't scared of The Legend of Big Tex.

Bad day:

The Tour convoy: Stuck on the autoroute with a bunch of Dutch camping cars in two-hour tailbacks in 35 degrees of heat. Nice..

Michael Rasmussen: Has the bubble burst for the emaciated Dane? On the hairpins up to the finish today he looked even more like Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' than ever before. Can he cling onto a top three place? Or will Jan and Ivan work him over again tomorrow?

The Basque Warrior Nation: At least Haimar Zubeldia of Euskaltel rallied around the flag as the orange army flooded into the Pyrenees. This time, however, there was a lot fewer of those crazy Basques. But there were still enough at the roadside to see their fallen prince, Iban Mayo, head drooping, roll across the line in 58th place, more than 21 minutes down.

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