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By Podofdonny
Date: 7/20/2002

Spanish cyclist Joseba Beloki 2,28’’ down after the domination of the US Postal Team in general and Lance Armstrong in particular in the Pyrenees has not forgotten the Alps .He may also launch an attack on tomorrows stage on the mystical Mont Ventoux

Beloki emphasized that "the Alps are twice as hard as the Pyrenees” and wants to launch his offensive on the tomorrows stage "I hope to attack on the Ventoux", which is the climax of tomorrows stage , - 21 kilometres of climbing to 1,909 meters

Asked why he did not attack in the Pyrenees by "Le Parisien" magazine he explained “ there were too many riders close together at the start of the final climb . If it had been just a small group perhaps we would have tried to attack .Later when Armstrong went away I did not want to risk everything by gambling on one battle . I could have very easily lost six minutes in the Pyrenees by challenging too early in the race “

Beloki confirmed that Armstrong is “ just as strong as last year , but I have clearly improved . So far I am feeling very well . Armstrong has still not won the Tour yet . He will not have Rubiera and Heras to race with him until the last few kilometres on every mountain stage - once they tire the race will even out .”

With 4 Once riders in the top ten classification the cycling world waits to see if they will risk an all out attack against the dominant Texan , or whether they will hold on to their position to put two men on the podium in Paris .

General Classification

1 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 46.47.47

2 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE 2.28

3 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spa) ONCE 3.19

4 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Lampre Daikin 5.15

5 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-CB 5.44

6 Marcos A.Serrano (Spa) ONCE 7.14

7 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) US Postal Service 8.01

8 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE 8.24

9 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-CB 9.05

10 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 9.10

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