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Tour Notes - Stage One
By Podofdonny
Date: 7/7/2002
Tour Notes - Stage One

Tour de France official communication

Weather on Monday: In the morning fog, which will quickly disappear. Sunny and very warm. Temperatures between 27 and 30 degrees. Weak wind from south to southwest.

Medical Communication

Cassani (Ita): Grazed leg

Marichal (Bel): Bruise of the right knee

Gonzalez (Esp): Injury in the face and bruise of the left knee

Pinotti (Ita): Bruise in the lumbar region

Dekker (PBS): Large graze on the hip, bruise on the left knee

Agnolutto (FRA): Bruise on the right hip

Moreau (FRA): Repeated bruises and graze of the knee

Decisions of the racing commissioners: -- none. --

Today's stage winner

Rubens Bertogliati - 10 facts

Age 23 - born Lugano (9/5/79)

Height - 180cm

weight - 73kg

heartbeat - 55 bpm

Nickname - Barrichello

Internet site -

Professional since - 2000 - always ridden for the Lampre team

Victories in Career - just one before today GP Chiasso 2002

Favourite authors - J. D. Salinger, Graham Hancock, Isaac Asimov, Charles Berltz, Odon Von Horvath, Dante Alighieri.

Best friend in the peloton? We reckon if it isn’t it should be Robert Hunter - his former team mate who advised him at the start of the stage to have a go in the final kilometre.

Daily Peloton readers might like to know that I have e-mailed Rubens our congratulations on his great victory.

Zabel in Green!

No change there then - he will be hoping green turns to yellow by the end of tomorrow's stage in his homeland. Will be very interesting to see how the Lampre team defend the Yellow and the Telekom try to prise it away from them tomorrow.

Green Jersey Standings

1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 36 pts

2 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre Daikin 35pts

3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto 26pts

4 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 24pts

Mountains - ?

So who is in the polka dot jersey tonight? Christophe Mengin - and remember the jersey is worth money. Expect, amongst other things, the excellent FdJ team to try and hang onto this prize.

Mountains classification

1 Christophe Mengin (Fra) 22 pts

2 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 16

3 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre Daikin 15

And by the way!

Bjarne Riis, 1996 winner of the race and CSC team manager, has a handicap this tour. In the best CSC tradition of lightbulb changing of Jalabert and prologue riding by Hamilton, Riis took his dog out for a walk and broke his leg.

He can neither drive nor ride a bike - get well soon Bjarne.

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