Tour 2002: Race for the First Yellow Jersey
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With the 7km of prolouge in Luxembourg, the 99th edition of the French stage race opens tommorow.
The first yellow jersey at the Tour de France always has a special flavor. For this reason many are aiming to snatch the jersey in Luxembourg tommorow when the French stage race takes to the road with a 7km prolouge.
Last years winner in Dunkeque Christophe Moreau will be attempting to repeat his feat, also in his amibitions is to climg onto the final podium and because of that, the Frenchman of the Credit Agricole squad is not willing to risk everything. “I will attempt to limit my losses – confirms Moreau – I won’t hide that it would pleae me greatly to win another prolouge, but I think that my Tour will begin after the first 7km”.
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano is also heeding that advise. The Spaniard from Once, also searching for a podium place, is a great competitior for races against the clock and has proven that in the Midi Libre, but doesn’t put himself among the favorites for the prolouge.
In a different class is the British David Millar (winner of the prolouge 2000 in Futuroscope) followed by the Australian Bradley McGee (winner of the Dauphine prolouge) and Lance Armstrong, the big favorite for final victory. These three are all aiming to win the Prolouge.
A prolouge that has been announce to be hard to interpret, at least in the words of Moreau: “It’s difficult. The first 3km are in descent, tortuous, technical. Then there are a series of curves where it is important to maintain your speed. Then it climbs until the finish”.