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That W stands for Work

Updated: July 25, 2003, 7:07 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

His own coach says his age is beginning to show on him. He no longer bounces buoyantly back from a grueling ride through the mountains like a college freshman who barely realizes Sunday morning that he drank a river's worth Saturday night.

He was distracted in his training as he dealt with problems in his marriage. He bonked in the heat during the first time trial. He hit the deck during one of the most crucial stages of the race after making the seemingly incomprehensible ...

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