Tour de France: Tour enters gruelling 10th stage

14th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 July 2004 , LIMOGES – Cyclists in the 2004 Tour de France have entered the tenth and one of the most gruelling and longest stages of the race. After being drenched for days, riders were finally able to enjoy some sunshine Wednesday.

14 July 2004

LIMOGES – Cyclists in the 2004 Tour de France have entered the tenth and one of the most gruelling and longest stages of the race.

After being drenched for days, riders were finally able to enjoy some sunshine Wednesday.

But the 237-km course from Limoges to Saint Flour in the centre of France is also the first true mountain stage of this year's race, with no fewer than nine climbs of varying difficulty.

The toughest ascent is the 1st category Puy Mary, which takes the riders to an altitude of 1,589 metres, with the race really getting going Friday when it enters the Pyrenees.

Young Frenchman Thomas Voeckler begins Bastille Day, his country's national holiday, wearing the yellow jersey of the leader in the overall standings, but he may not own it at the end of the day.

Five-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong and other favourites for the Tour title, such as Jan Ullrich of Germany, will be watching each other closely during the stage.

This may allow a good climber with little hope for the overall win a chance to steal the stage win.

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Subject: German news

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