July 14, 2005
Stage 12 Profile
An easier day today in advance of an easy day tomorrow. Should be a major day for breakaways, as some of the riders who are poorly placed start looking to salvage their Tour with a stage win.
The toughest climbs are a couple of 2nd Category efforts, along with a 3rd Category and two 4th Category climbs.
And, of course, it's Bastille Day. Clearly, French riders and teams will be looking for a stage win. Recent French victories on July 14th include Richard Virenque last year, Laurent Jalabert in 2001, Laurent Brochard in 1997, and Jalabert in 1995.
This is the stage about which OLN has repeatedly quoted Lance Armstrong that it's an unexpectedly difficult day, and that some people might get caught out by it.
Tom Boonen (with his withdrawal, no one is wearing the jersey today)
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