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Sun, Jul.18.2004:11:38 PM

Stage 14: Carcassonne-Nimes

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Not much to say about this stage; I'm kinda tired from yesterday's summary. It was a sprinter's stage, but the sprinter teams decided they didn't want it. I guess the Pyrenees were a little too tough and they want an little bit more rest going into tomorrow's rest day.

Aitor Gonzalez pulled himself out of obscurity, having won the Vuelta in 2002, dropped out of the Vuelta in 2003, having never gone this many stages in a Tour de France, and having won no stages anywhere this year, you wouldn't expect to be hearing his name again, but the Spanish rider continued Fassa Bortolo's presence this Tour in the wake of Petacchi's departure and broke away from the breakaway to win by several hundred meters.