The unofficial beginning of the Tour de France: Samuel Abt's first long piece in the Times.
"Until now, Lance Armstrong has always had an easy ride to Paris because he's never had adversaries in the mountains," said Simoni, 31, a fine climber.
"Who knows? If we get him in a bind in the mountains, he may panic."
To which Armstrong replied: "They all talk the big talk. It's the same every year, but talk is cheap."
lest there be confusion, I'm aware that my headline is lame.Posted by dbrown at July 02, 2003 01:33 PM