Posted by Editor on 07/11/00
Tour de France
Stage 11 - Bagneres-de-Bigorre to Revel 218.5 km
Another day for breakaways, with two rider taking off in the 14th kilometre of the stage. Erik Dekker (Rabobank) and Santiago Botero (Kelme) are the pair who went clear, and if Dekker's name seems familiar it is because this stage marked his 3rd 100 kilometre plus breakaway of this year's Tour!
After yesterday's incredibly difficult mountain stage, today's 6 climbs are relatively minor - 2 Cat. 3's and 4 Cat. 4's. The break reached a maximum lead of nearly 15 minutes, putting Botero less than 3 minutes behind Armstrong. Once the gap went into double digits, U.S. Postal began to up the tempo in the peloton, with all of their riders at the front. The effort didn't have too much effect on the front gap to start with - with 30 kilometres to go the front duo were still 13 minutes ahead.
At this point Banesto replaced U.S. Postal at the front of the chase, wanting to protect their GC positions for Jose Jimenez and Alex Zulle. The gap started to shrink fairly rapidly, down to 8:40 by the final climb with less than 8 kilometres to go. Behind, the peloton was splitting up due to the speed of the chase, however, all the top players were still in the front group.
Botero began to attack his breakaway companion as the pair entered the final few kilometres, but to no avail, as Dekker jumped to take his second stage of this year's Tour. Behind, a group of 7 attacked the peloton to try for third on the stage, with Telekom chasing very hard. However, the group managed to stay clear and Mario Aerts (Lotto) took the sprint for third.
No change to the top standings in the overall GC. The riders have a rest day tomorrow, before facing Mont Ventoux.
1 DEKKER Erik NED RAB 5:05:47
2 BOTERO Santiago COL KEL s.t.
3 VERBRUGGHE Rik BEL LOT at 4:51
4 MILLAR David GBR COF
5 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN
6 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ TEL
7 ETXEBARRIA David ESP ONC
8 AERTS Mario BEL LOT
9 BARTOLI Michele ITA MAP all s.t.
10 ZABEL Erik GER TEL 5:05
11 VERHEYEN Geert BEL LOT
12 MATTAN Nico BEL COF
13 SIMON Francois FRA BJT
14 BLAUDZUN MichaÃƒÂ«l DEN MCJ
15 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA MAP
16 MOREAU Christophe FRA FES
17 GOUGOT Fabrice FRA C.A
18 VIRENQUE Richard FRA PLT
19 VAN DE WOUWER Kurt BEL LOT
20 JULICH Bobby USA C.A
23 ULLRICH Jan GER TEL
24 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP
26 JALABERT Laurent FRA ONC
28 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB
30 ZULLE Alex SUI BAN
31 JALABERT Nicolas FRA ONC
32 OLANO Abraham ESP ONC
36 ESCARTIN Fernando ESP KEL
42 PANTANI Marco ITA MER
45 LIVINGSTON Kevin USA USP
51 JIMENEZ Jose Maria ESP BAN
53 HAMILTON Tyler USA USP
54 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL
57 OTXOA Javier ESP KEL
58 HERVE Pascal FRA PLT all s.t.
82 VASSEUR Cedric FRA USP 6:19
86 KIRSIPUU Jaan EST AG2 8:25
89 VAN BON Leon NED RAB 10:16
94 DURAND Jacky FRA LOT
95 ANDREU Frankie USA USP
96 HINCAPIE George USA USP
99 MCRAE Chann USA MAP all s.t.
1 ARMSTRONG Lance USA USP 44:35:22
2 ULLRICH Jan GER TEL 4:14
3 MOREAU Christophe FRA FES 5:10
4 WAUTERS Marc BEL RAB 5:18
5 LUTTENBERGER Peter AUT ONC 5:21
6 BELOKI Joseba ESP FES 5:23
7 BELTRAN Manuel ESP MAP 5:44
8 OTXOA Javier ESP KEL 6:13
9 JIMENEZ Jose Maria ESP BAN 6:21
10 CASERO Angel ESP FES 6:55
11 VIRENQUE Richard FRA PLT 6:59
12 BARTOLI Michele ITA MAP 7:09
13 OLANO Abraham ESP ONC 7:15
14 ZULLE Alex SUI BAN 7:22
15 HERAS Roberto ESP KEL 7:33
16 BOOGERD Michael NED RAB 7:33
17 ESCARTIN Fernando ESP KEL 7:34
18 JALABERT Laurent FRA ONC 8:01
19 MANCEBO Francisco ESP BAN 8:07
20 NARDELLO Daniele ITA MAP 8:48
24 PANTANI Marco ITA MER 10:34
27 GUERINI Giuseppe ITA TEL 11:41
28 ETXEBARRIA David ESP ONC 11:51
29 HAMILTON Tyler USA USP 12:13
36 HERVE Pascal FRA PLT 14:08
37 JULICH Bobby USA C.A 14:11
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