Saturday, July 24, 2004

Lance again

As I predicted last sunday, Lance Armstrong was far better than Ivan Basso in the time trials and Lance wins his sixth Tour de France in a row. And that's new records, both when it comes to wins in consecutive years and total number of wins. I know that there's a stage tomorrow, but it won't change the podium.

This years number two, Andreas Klöden, is 6 minutes and 38 seconds behind (last year 1.01 mins.), a gap that is about 2 minutes larger than the average for the last 30 years (4.46 mins., my calculation). But the gap is the third smallest that Lance have had.

Podium and time gaps:

2004:
1. Lance Armstrong
2. Andreas Klöden +6.38
3. Ivan Basso +6.59

2003:
1. Lance Armstrong
2. Jan Ullrich +1.01
3. Alexander Vinokourov +4.14

2002:
1. Lance Armstrong
2. Joseba Beloki +7.17
3. Raimondas Rumsas +8.17

2001:
1. Lance Armstrong
2. Jan Ullrich +6.44
3. Joseba Beloki +9.05

2000:
1. Lance Armstrong
2. Jan Ullrich +6.02
3. Joseba Beloki +10.04

1999:
1. Lance Armstrong
2. Alex Zülle +7.17
3. Fernando Escartin +10.36

The smallest gap ever is 8 seconds when Greg LeMond won and Laurent Fignon finished second 1989.  Fignon had 50 seconds down on LeMond when the last stage, an individual time trial from Versailles to Paris, started.

The largest gap is 2 hours 49 minutes and 35 seconds from the very first Tour de France in 1903. Maurice Garin was the winner.

(Source)