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July 14, 2004

Stage 10: 237 km Limoges to Saint-Flour

Today is the first stage of the rest of your life.

Stage 10 brings the Tour's first 1st-category climb and 8 compatriots:

1 - 1st category
2 - 2nd category
5 - 3rd category
1 - 4th category

It's also Bastille Day, so expect a little extra motivation from the French riders.

Starting Stage 10, it's:

m_jaune.gif Thomas Voeckler (Brioches la Boulangere)

m_vert.gif Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo)

m_pois.gif Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Davitamon)

m_blanc.gif Thomas Voeckler (worn by Sandy Casar - Fdjeux.com)

Inigo Landaluze has never won a professional race, but he'll wear the red race numbers of the day's most aggressive rider for the 80-mile breakaway he and Simeoni almost pulled off yesterday.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 14, 2004 in Stage profiles, Top Stories | Permalink


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is the "competitive rider" award with the red letters based on any concrete riding skills/checkpoints? or is it totally up to the judges to just see who they think is the most competitive rider. for instance, why did they choose landaluze instead of simeoni?

Posted by: kaelen at Jul 14, 2004 2:29:10 PM