Wednesday, July 07, 2004
  Déjà vu
New overall leader Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, center, looks on as he waves with his teammates after the US Postal service team won the 4th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a 64.5-kilometer (40.08-mile) team time-trial between Cambrai and Arras, northern France, Wednesday, July 7, 2004.

Due to new TDF rules enacted this year specifically to make it more challenging for Armstrong to win, each of his challengers lost just seconds instead of minutes. The US Postal Service team creamed the competition (two years in a row), beating the second place team by over a minute. Ullrich, Hamilton, et al, should be thanking the organizers for the fact that their chances didn't get thrown out the window with the team trial. This will be an interesting race.

The team trial just looks so cool...

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