Unlike many other teams, Discovery Channel went into this year's Tour with just one ace, a dedicated leader for whom all the other riders would work without question. Lance Armstrong insisted this was the best possible strategy to win the race when asked earlier this season if T-Mobile's three-pronged attack would put him in difficulties.
The "all for one" approach has always been employed by Armstrong, prompting the conclusion that there is no room for personal ambition when riding on his Tour team. This seems to be borne out by the fact that apart from Armstrong's 23 stage victories, George Hincapie's triumph yesterday represented the only other time that another rider from Discovery/US Postal has ever won an individual stage in the Tour.
The squad has, of course, won the team time trial for the past three years.