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Monday, 10 July, 2000, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Stage 10 roadwatch
Spray is kicked up as the riders scale the mountains
All the action from stage 10 of the Tour - a 205km run from Dax to Lourdes-Hautacam. Scroll down for earlier action.

Final result summary Javier Oxtoa takes the stage and the Kind of the Mountains jersey.

Lance Armstrong is back in the yellow jersey for the first time since last year's Tour.

205km Oxtoa hangs on to win the stage in six hours and nine minutes after a breakaway which lasted a wet and mountainous 150km.

  Stage result
1. Oxtoa
2. Armstrong
3. Jimenez
4. group containing Escartin, Virenque etc.
Armstrong comes in 42 seconds down, with Jimenez finishing third at 1'13.

Zulle has lost 3'10 back to Armstrong, with Ullrich dropping a further 10 seconds.

Boogerd is 4'35 behind the American, with Pantani five minutes back from Armstrong.

A group containing Olano and Savoldelli is almost seven minutes behind the American.

204km With 1km to go, Oxtoa's lead is 1'25 - he might still make it.

Armstrong will not be too bothered at missing the stage win - he is now an enormous distance ahead of his fellow race favourites.

203km Latest time check is now 2'15 from Oxtoa back to Armstrong.

202km Armstrong leaves Jimenez and is now less than three minutes behind Oxtoa.

201km Oxtoa is rapidly losing time after his 150km breakaway - Armstrong may be set to fight it out with Jimenez for the stage.

200km Armstrong passes under the 5km to go banner 4'47 behind Oxtoa.

Only Jimenez has been able to hold the pace of Armstrong, and the pair have left the other climbers behind.

Further back Zulle has recovered and caught Moreau - the pair are 6'20 down on the leader at 5km to go. Pantani is suffering badly.

199km Armstrong leads Jimenez, Virenque, Escartin, Heras and Beltran as the group chases Oxtoa.

Further back Bartoli and Christophe Moreau (Fra, Festina) have left behind Pantani, Ullrich and Zulle.

198km The group containing Escartin and Virenque catches Mattan, followed by Armstrong, who soon joins what is now the second set of riders.

Only Oxtoa is ahead of this group - it looks like Armstrong is set for the yellow jersey.

197km Armstrong catches Botero and almost sprints past him.

The American 1999 winner has already ridden powerfully away from Pantani, his immediate predecessor and one of the finest climbers in world cycling.

The Italian drops back into an elite group containing Zulle, Bartoli and Boogerd.

196km Armstrong rides away from Pantani, who cannot hang onto the American's wheel.

195km, favourites group Pantani attacks the group containing the other favourites, followed by Zulle and Armstrong.

The American surges ahead of the pair. Pantani hangs on but Zulle falls back.

Ullrich is unable to respond and stays back in the group, which catches Zulle.

195km, leader Oxtoa remains clear with 10km to go, some of it on a 10% climb.

Whatever happens he is set for the lead in the King of the Mountains competition, and could add the stage win and the yellow jersey.

190km Oxtoa is now on the final climb, the steep slog to the summit at the Hautacam ski station.

Five minutes later the group containing Virenque, Escartin and Jimenez hit the slope.

Guerini's tireless work means the main race favourites are a further minute back, although Lotto and Mercatone Uno riders are also helping the chase,

Millar is still in this group. The weather is drier on the Hautacam climb than it was on the Aubisque.

185km A chase group catches Virenque and Mancebo, with Heras going straight past the pair.

175km Virenque is chasing hard followed by Mancebo, although their gap to the leader remains over eight minutes.

Mist is descending on the Pyrenees, with Guerini doing all the work in the favourites' group on behalf of Ullrich.

168.5km The Col du Soulor is a steep climb midway on the descent off the Aubisque.

  Col du Soulor
1. Oxtoa
2. Mattan at 4'40
3. Virenque at 8'56
Other groups split up before Armstrong and Millar in main pack 11'00 back
Oxtoa reaches the summit well clear and looks set to lead onto the final climb to Hautacam, as well as pick up the King of the Mountains jersey.

Virenque could be his main threat - the Frenchman attacks on the descent of the Aubisque.

The rain is pouring down, making any attacks on descents a dangerous proposition.

158.5km Leader Oxtoa reaches the summit of the hors-category Col d'Aubisque, with Mattan falling further back as the rain becomes heavier.

Britain's Millar remains in the top 30 riders on this tough stage, reaching the summit with Armstrong and the rest of the favourites.

The rest of the field are over 14 minutes back, with yellow jersey Elli 20 minutes down.

  Col d'Aubisque, hors-category
1. Javier Oxtoa (Spa, Kelme)
2. Nico Mattan (Bel, Cofidis) at 4'06
3. Francisco Mancebo (Spa, Banesto) at 10'00
Beltran, Virenque, Beloki, Atienza, Heras, Jimenez, Escartin, Odriozola, Herve - all at 10'30
Group containing other favourites and Millar at 11'35
154km Vandenbroucke's withdrawal is confirmed - due to knee trouble. Laurent Jalabert (Fra, ONCE) has been dropped bt the main pack.

Italian champion Michele Bartoli (Mapei) attacks, followed by Jose Maria Jimenez (Spa, Banesto) and David Extebarria (Spa, ONCE).

Herve helps drag team-mate Virenque up to the attacking group including Maunel Beltran (Spa, Mapei), Roberto Heras (Spa, Kelme), Joseba Beloki (Spa, Festina) and Jimenez.

Bartoli has dropped back to the main group, which includes race favourites such as Armstrong, Marco Pantani (Ita, Mercatone) Jan Ullrich (Ger, Telekom), Alex Zulle (Swi, Banesto) Fernando Escartin (Spa, Kelme) and Michael Boogerd (Ned, Rabobank).

Armstrong has no team-mates left with him, but Telekom's leader Ullrich still has Italian climber Giuseppi Guerini alongside.

Jalabert's Spanish team-mate Abraham Olano has been dropped but ONCE's Austrian climber Peter Luttenberger and Bobby Julich (US, Credit Agricole) are still with the favourites.

150km All the riders are now past the sprint point.

  • The first main chase group including Botero, Atienza, Mancebo & Hoj were 12'40 down.
  • Odriozola, Gert Verheyen (Bel, Lotto) and Javier Pascual-Llorente (Spa, Kelme) were at 13'10
  • Millar was among another small group at 14'20.

145km There are reports that Cofidis team leader Vandenbroucke has pulled out of the race

American climber Jonathan Vaughters has crashed out of his second successive Tour - and is in an ambulance apparently suffering from concussion.

The Credit Agricole rider was tipped to star in the mountains after retiring from last year's race on the second stage.

Oxtoa has attacked and left Mattan at the foot of the Aubisque - further back Lance Armstrong's US Postal team are leading the peloton.

140km A regrouping has seen 80 riders back in the main group, including most of the favourites - and Britain's former yellow jersey-holder David Millar.

  Second sprint
1. Nico Mattan (Bel, Cofidis)
2. Javier Oxtoa (Spa, Kelme)
3. Jacky Durand (Fra, Lotto) at 6'40
The second sprint of the day was won by Mattan ahead of Oxtoa, with Durand more than six minutes adrift and Sandstod 11 minutes down.

130km A chase group of four has formed ahead of the peloton - Herve, Mancebo, Santiago Botero (Col, Kelme) and Mario Aerts (Bel, Lotto).

The main pack is over 13 minutes adrift of Oxtoa and Mattan. Laurent Desbiens (Fra, Cofidis) has abandoned the Tour.

Virenque punctures but catches what is left of the peloton after a quick change. Elli also recaptures the main group on the descent.

125km Oxtoa and Mattan descend together, with Durand crashing as he chases.

  Col de Marie-Blanque - 1st category
1. Javier Oxtoa (Spa, Kelme)
2. Nico Mattan (Bel, Cofidis) at 32 secs
3. Jacky Durand (Fra, Lotto) at 4'10
4. Michael Sandstod (Den, Memorycard) at 8'20
5. Santiago Botero (Spa, Kelme) at 13'10
6. Pascal Herve (Fra, Polti)
7. Daniel Atienza (Spa, Saeco) at 13'17
8. Francisco Mancebo (Spa, Banesto) at 13'45
9. Frank Hoj (Den, FDJ) at 13'57
10. Richard Virenque (Fra, Polti) at 14'20
Race leader Alberto Elli (Ita, Telekom) and Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel, Cofidis) are among the big names dropped as the main pack climbs.

When they reach the summit five-times polka dot jersey winner Richard Virenque (Fra, Polti) makes his usual sprint for King of the Mountain points.

120km Oxtoa takes the opening big climb of Tour 2000, followed by Mattan, who rejoins the Spaniard on the descent.

Francisco Mancebo (Spa, Banesto) has attacked the main pack followed by Pascal Herve (Fra, Polti).

118km Near to the top of the climb, Oxtoa drops Mattan as the rain falls.

115km Oxtoa and Mattan ride on, dropping Durand on the first serious climb of the Tour, the Col du Marie-Blanque.

Alberto Elli on Monday morning
Race leader Alberto Elli looks sees the wet weather
105km The leading trio of Durand, Oxtoa and Mattan have an advantage of 17 minutes over the peloton, with Danish pair Sandstod and Hoj in between.

The Banesto team have come to the front of the main pack.

93km Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra, FDJ) abandons the Tour after an accident last week.

76.5km Oxtoa takes the first climb, a third category ascent of the Cote du Barcus, followed by Mattan.

  Cote du Barcus - third category
1. Javier Oxtoa (Spa, Kelme)
2. Nico Mattan (Bel, Cofidis)
3. Jacky Durand (Fra, Lotto) at 23 seconds
4. Michael Sandstod (Den, Memorycard) at 3'15
5. Frank Hoj (Den, FDJ) at 4'23
Peloton at 11 minutes
Durand was dropped by the leading pair on climb although he caught them on the treacherous damp descent.

There have already been crashes involving Laurent Lefevre (Fra, Cofidis) and Dario Pieri (Ita, Saeco).

62km The trio have rapidly built a seven minute lead over the peloton.

Michael Sandstod (Den, Memorycard) is chasing the three leaders but remains more than a minute adrift.

50km Belgian Nico Mattan (Cofidis) and Spaniard Javier Oxtoa (Kelme) attack and eventually join Durand. Oxtoa's effort looks like a typical attack by the climbing team Kelme.

Sprint

41km Durand takes the first sprint after 41km at Sauveterre-de-Beam.

  First sprint result
1. Jacky Durand (Fra, Lotto)
2. Erik Zabel (Ger, Telekom) at 1 min
3. Damien Nazon (Fra, Bonjour) same time

32km An early attack from the irrepressible Frenchman Jacky Durand (Lotto).

0 km The day starts with rain and wind at the start in Dax, and there is a forecast of fog and even snow on the final summit at Lourdes-Hautacam.

Before the start 35 cyclists from seven teams gave blood samples and the all proved negative for banned substances.

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