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July 17, 2004

Armstrong takes charge with Stage 13 win

Yahoo! Sport | Armstrong stamps yellow jersey aims all over Tour de France

Armstrong, led by teammate Jose Azevedo, upped the pace early on the ascent of the Plateau de Beille, the first unclassified climb of the race which climbs 15.9km at an average gradient of 6.4 percent.

Rasmussen was soon overtaken, and as Azevedo set a furious pace, Ullrich and all the rest dropped off the back. Only Friday's stage winner, CSC's Ivan Basso, managed to follow the two US Postal riders.

Armstrong had predicted for weeks that this would be a crucial stage for the 2004 Tour.

"It's the hardest stage on the race this year, really difficult," said Armstrong.

"The Tour's not finished yet, there's still the Alps to come and a lot of dangerous stages."

Asked about Voeckler, the 32-year-old US Postal leader said: "For me he's very impressive. He's still got the jersey because he deserves it."

Posted by Frank Steele on July 17, 2004 in Ivan Basso, Lance Armstrong 2004 | Permalink

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