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Thu, Jul.15.2004:11:12 PM

Stage 11: St. Flour-Figeac

07-15-04.stage11 profile

The day after Bastille Day was another happy day for the French. In a semi-repeat of yesterday, they got to see another frenchman on the podium and a frenchman stay in the yellow jersey.

Today's entertainment was provided by a pack of longhorns that managed to trot into the peloton and break it in half. This provided more amusement than consternation for the riders.

Moncoutiť, part of a breakaway that the peloton didn't seem eager to chase down (perhaps saving energy for tomorrow's mountains), attacked his group of three with 8km to go, riding solo the rest of the way and taking the day.

Armstrong placed well in the final bunch sprint, but there were no small seconds to be gained this day.

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