Sunday, July 11, 1999 Published at 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Armstrong triumphs in Tour time trial
Armstrong on his way to victory
American rider Lance Armstrong has reclaimed the tour leader's yellow jersey by winning stage eight of the Tour de France.
"I'm dead and out on my feet! I am really happy, but I couldn't have cycled another yard," he said.
"It's hugely important, but the race is far from over and with the Alps and the Pyrennees to come there will be more chapters to unfold, but today I have laid down the marker for the rest of the race.
"The phoney war is over and now the real one begins."
France's Christophe Moreau came third, more than two minutes behind the leader.
Estonia's Jann Kirsipuu relinquished the yellow jersey for the first time since he took it from Armstrong last Monday.
He had tipped world time trial champion Abraham Olano to take the overall lead, but the Spaniard fell after 28km as he took a corner at speed, which relegated him to fourth.
The fall allowed Armstrong to pass Olano at 30km and catch double stage winner Tom Steels of Belgium in the last 10km for his second win of the Tour.
The American took the prologue time-trial stage last Saturday.
Last year's third placed rider overall, Bobby Julich of the US, fell while travelling at speeds of up to 80km during a descent at around the 30km marker.
He was forced to abandon the race amid fears that he may have broken some ribs.
Another hopeful, Dutchman Michael Boogerd, dropped almost nine minutes on Armstrong, leaving him 15 minutes off the pace.
After Monday's rest day, Tuesday is what the Tour is all about as the riders finally reach the Alps.
The legendary climbs of the Col du Galibier and Col du Telegraphe are followed by an excursion into Italy for the finish.
The field will split spectacularly on these slopes and one of the better climbers will try to take the initiative in the battle for the yellow jersey.
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