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photoVinokourov gets his first tour win but the real news from this stage was the crash. On the final descent Armstrong, Beloki, and others were bombing down in pursuit of Vinokourov, who was less than a minute ahead. The heat had actually melted the tar on the road and as Beloki headed into a minor right turn his tire blew out. His bike slid and Beloki hi-sided in the concrete hard right on his hip and right elbow. Armstrong, who was right on Beloki's wheel, dodged left into an open field, crossed to the other side of the switchback, swiftly dismounted and jumped down a drop-off, and then remounted to join the pursuit group. Armstrong's instincts were amazing to watch. It just goes to show that anything can happen to anyone, even a rider as good as Beloki. (video)

The other stories of the day were:

  • Jaksche attacking to get the virtual yellow before being pulled back (Jaksche got the most combative award)
  • the last category 2 climb stringing out the peloton with its steepness
  • David Millar launching attack but being caught then dropped by the peloton

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Today was an awesome race to watch:

  • Beltran leading a blazing acceleration at the very base of Alpe d'Huez causing Ullrich (now 2'10" behind Armstrong in the GC) and Virenque to be dropped
  • Iban Mayo blazing up Alpe d'Huez looking faster than I do on the flats and landing himself 1'10 (3rd) in the GC
  • Tyler "Superman" Hamilton staying with Lance Armstrong the entire way up and evening launching multiple attacks. He now sits 6th in the GC at 1'52"
  • Beloki launching multiple attacks and getting reeled in. He's still in attacking distance for the Pyreness at 0'40" back (2nd) in the GC.
  • Heras pulling himself back into Armstrong's group to help control the tempo
  • Armstrong sprinting for the third place time bonus showing that he was still in control
  • At the end of the race Armstrong claiming that his brake was rubbing him back wheel for the first 200km. Whatever the reason, he admits it wasn't a "great day," though by the yellow jersey on his shoulders it was certainly a good result.

I'm really looking forward to the individual time trial a couple of days as well as the finish at Luz-Ardiden in Stage 15.