|This was the stage that was
cut to 40km because of snow on the Col d'Iseran. Bjarne
Riis had just attacked going over the top of the Col de
Montgenevre, blowing the field apart. Berzin was about to
find out that his stay in the yellow jersey would be
short-lived, as Miguel Indurain and Escartin try and hang
1997 has seen a dramatic dip in the Russian's form, and I don't think anybody was surprised that he failed so spectacularly in his recent attempt on Chris Boardman's hour record. (19th October 1997).