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July 16, 2004

Stage 12: 197.5 km Castelsarrasin to La Mongie

Today's stage is a very gradual climb toward the Pyrenees for first 160 km/100 miles. Then it's two 1st Category cimbs, each around 12 km/7 miles, with a 12 km/7 mile descent in between.

Two sprint stages on the day, the first at 21.5 km, the second at 153.5 km.

It seems unlikely that any early breaks will stay away, as the climbers will finally have a chance to see some time gains in the general classification.

Starting Stage 12, it's:

m_jaune.gif Thomas Voeckler (Brioches la Boulangere)

m_vert.gif Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo)

m_pois.gif Richard Virenque (Quick Step-Davitamon)

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

David Moncoutié's breakaway and clever escape from the 3-man break are being recognized today by the blue race number tag of the most aggressive rider.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 16, 2004 in Stage profiles, Top Stories | Permalink

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