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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 July, 2003, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Racewatch: Tour de France
Stage 13: Toulouse - Plateau de Bonascre - 197.5 km.

All the action as it happened from the Tour de France (All times BST).

1 Carlos Sastre (Sp)
2 Jan Ullrich (Ger) at 1'01"
3 Haimar Zubeldia (Sp) at 1'01"
4 Lance Armstrong (US) at 1'08"
5 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) at 1'18"

1556 Sastre crosses the line to record a memorable win with Ullrich finishing second, Zubeldia third and Armstrong fourth. Armstrong retains the yellow jersey but is now just 15secs ahead of Ullrich

1552 Sastre still leads as Ullrich begins his attack. Armstrong appears to be struggling.

1540 Sastre pulls out a 14sec lead on Mercado, with Rubiera one minute down. Heras runs out of steam and starts to fall back on the peloton with 5km remaining.

1532 The first three riders, who are just 8km from the finish, have begun the final climb to the summit of the Plateau de Bonascre. Dufaux is fourth with the peloton two minutes behind the leading trio.

1517 The first four riders complete the Port de Pailheres climb before Virenque, who now leads the peloton, reaches the summit 1mins 40secs behind the leader.
1 Mercado 30 points
2 Sastre 26 points
3 Rubiera 22 points
4 Dufaux 18pts
5 Virenque 14pts

1509 Rubiera is caught by Sastre and Mercado as they come to the final kilometre of the climb.

1505 Spaniard Josť Luis Rubiera is now 26secs clear of Sastre and Mercado - the only survivors of the original 10-man group. The rest have now been caught and are in a 14-man group, which includes Lance Armstrong, sitting 1mins 21secs behind the leaders.

1447 After 120km on the flat, the riders are now halfway up the first brutal ascent called the Col de Pailheres. Virenque and Armstrong are both in the Peloton over 2min 30secs behind stage leader Rubiera.

1434 Bianchi rider Jan Ullrich, winner of the previous stage, powers to the front of the peloton as they begin their ascent.

1423 Carlos Da Cruz heads the 10-man leading group as they begin the first climb. The peloton, led by the Euskaltel team, have now taken 30secs off the breakaway pack.

1356 Australian Robbie McEwen, who is second in the points race, takes a tumble into a ditch but gets up straight away and is soon back on his bike.

1343 The Saeco riders continue to lead the chase but the breakaway group are holding their own out in front.

1330 The leading pack of 10 are approaching the beginning of the slopes that lead up to the day's biggest climb, the Port de Pailheres. It is a first category climb which is the third steepest (at 8%), the fifth highest (at 2001m) and fifth longest (15.5km) of this year's Tour.

1323 Saeco rider Danilo di Luca gets off his bike and abandons the Tour to leave 163 riders left in the race.

1315 Jan Ullrich drops to the back of the peloton and is joined by several of his team-mates. It looks like he may have suffered a mechanical problem as he manages to get back into the middle of the pack before too long.

1309 David Millar, who is suffering from sickness, is struggling at the back of the peloton. Meanwhile, the leaders have passed the 100km mark.

1300 The lead of the breakaway pack is gradually being whittled down by the chasing peloton and is now down to less than six-and-a-half minutes.

1250 At 93km, the second intermediate sprint is again won by Thor Hushovd:
1 Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 6pts
2 Carlos Da Cruz ( 4pts
3 Laurent Brochard (AG2R Prevoyance) 2pts

1237 The Saeco team move to the front of the peloton to help out the US Postal and Boulangere teams, who have been doing most of the donkey work so far.

1226 The 10 at the front are getting on for nine minutes in front. The 10 riders are: Jose Luis Rubiera (US Postal), Carlos Da Cruz (, Ludovic Turpin (AG2R), Laurent Brochard (AG2R), Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano (ONCE-Eroski), Alessandro Bertolini (Alessio), Marcus Zberg (Gerolsteiner), Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Domo) and Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole).

1210 The peloton is well strung out and the US Postal team finally pick up the pace a little to stabilise the time deficit.

1155 Jose Luis Rubiera is the US Postal's representative in the breakaway group - and he appears to be the only rider not taking his turn at the front.

1147 The peloton seems to be happy to let the leading group move away and the gap has now widened to more than four minutes.

1138 At 41.5km, the first intermediate sprint takes place:
1 Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) 6pts
2 Carlos Da Cruz ( 4pts
3 Laurent Brochard (AG2R Prevoyance) 2pts

1130 There are nine different teams represented in the breakaway. Brioches La Boulangere, who do not have a rider at the front, are leading the chase by the peloton.

1119 A group of 10 riders has made a useful-looking break.

1113 The peloton is well strung out but no-one has yet been able to make a decisive attack.

1103 The US Postal team move to the front of the peloton - after Lance Armstrong conceded time yesterday, they are perhaps looking to keep control of this 13th stage.

1100 The early breakaways are swallowed up by the peloton.

1053 The opening breakaway has swelled to about a dozen riders.

1048 Sylvain Chavanel joins the leading trio.

1042 Three riders make a very early break - Mikel Pradera, Gilberto Simoni and Raffaele Ferrera.

1039 It is another hot day as the cyclists begin what will be another tough stage.

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