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le Tour de France, 2002

18 July, Stage 11: Pau - La Mongie (158 km).
These photos were taken around 2.5 km from the stage finish at the ski resort of La Mongie, or about half way up the Col du Tourmalet. The weather was sunny and warm all day with temperatures in the low to mid twenties (degrees C). A huge crowd had gathered at the stage finish and extended down the mountain about 2 km so we decided to ride back down a little to get a better view of the race.

The stage was won by Lance Armstrong (US Postal) by 7 seconds from Joseba Beloki (ONCE) and Armstrong's team mate, Roberto Heras. Laurent Jalabert broke away from the peleton about 10 km after the start and was only caught about 5 km from the finish. However he managed to accumulate 46 points in the "King of the Mountains" competition which took him to 2nd place in the KOM, only 11 points behind leader, Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour).


Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
Laurent Jalabert
Laurent Jalabert
Yellow jersey group
Yellow jersey group
Hamilton and Virenque
Hamilton and Virenque

David Millar
David Millar
Hincapie and Ekimov
Hincapie and Ekimov
The Peleton
The Peleton
The Peleton
The Peleton

21 July, Stage 14: Lodève - Le Mont Ventoux (221 km).
Today's stage finished at the top of the climb to le Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence. The stage was won by Richard Virenque (Domo) with Alexandre Botcharov (AG2R) 1:58 behind and Lance Armstrong (US Postal) at 2:20. Both Rumsas and Beloki lost time to armstrong finishing 5th and 8th at 3:36 and 4:05 respectively.
These photos were taken about ¾ of the way up Mont Ventoux (about 5 km from the finish). The weather was again sunny and very warm with temperatures reaching around 33 degrees C in Aubignan at the bottom of Mont Ventoux. Even at the top of Mont Ventoux, the temperature was 18 degrees C. Very different to our visit there 2 years ago when, despite being sunny, the temperature felt quite cold. There was a massive crowd gathered at this corner on both sides of the road watching the race on the big screen while we waited for the riders to approach. Sorry about the blurry photos but I was lucky to get any photos at all. I had to reach through the crowd holding out the camera and guess, from the noise of the crowd, when the riders were approaching.
Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
José Azevedo
José Azevedo
   

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