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First doping case: Beltran

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Say it ain't so: L'Equipe is reporting that Manuel Beltran of Liquigas was caught with traces of EPO in his blood in a test conducted after Stage 1. There's sure to be plenty more news items as this develops.

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I didn't get to watch this one as my TiVo didn't pick it up, but here's what I gather from the various summaries out there:

  • US Postal put Spanish teammate Manuel Beltran up front in a breakaway. Beltran even got to be the virtual leader of the tour on the stage 14 course that briefly winds into Spain
  • Vinokourov and Mayo took advantage of the Armstrong/Ullrich competition to make big time gains, especially Vinokourov who snagged 43" to move 18" behind Armstrong in the GC. Ullrich and Armstrong worked together on the descent to try and chase the lead group.
  • Big-mouth-no-game rider Simoni got a stage win, which is a small redemption for his pre-tour statements.
  • Virenque rode up front (2nd place finish) and has almost closed up the King of the Mountains competition.

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Today was an awesome race to watch:

  • Beltran leading a blazing acceleration at the very base of Alpe d'Huez causing Ullrich (now 2'10" behind Armstrong in the GC) and Virenque to be dropped
  • Iban Mayo blazing up Alpe d'Huez looking faster than I do on the flats and landing himself 1'10 (3rd) in the GC
  • Tyler "Superman" Hamilton staying with Lance Armstrong the entire way up and evening launching multiple attacks. He now sits 6th in the GC at 1'52"
  • Beloki launching multiple attacks and getting reeled in. He's still in attacking distance for the Pyreness at 0'40" back (2nd) in the GC.
  • Heras pulling himself back into Armstrong's group to help control the tempo
  • Armstrong sprinting for the third place time bonus showing that he was still in control
  • At the end of the race Armstrong claiming that his brake was rubbing him back wheel for the first 200km. Whatever the reason, he admits it wasn't a "great day," though by the yellow jersey on his shoulders it was certainly a good result.

I'm really looking forward to the individual time trial a couple of days as well as the finish at Luz-Ardiden in Stage 15.