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Thursday, 13 July, 2000, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Stage 12 roadwatch
Mont Ventoux, shot from the summit
The windswept 'moonscape' of Mont Ventoux
Live coverage of stage 12 of the Tour de France - the climb to the legendary Mont Ventoux. Latest action first, click refresh for updates and scroll down for earlier action.

149km Pantani wins the stage without any sprint from Armstrong.

Beloki is third at 26 seconds, Ullrich fourth at 28. The Kelme pair of Botero and Heras are next, 46 seconds back.

Virenque is seventh, just over a minute behind, and just ahead of various riders including white jersey leader Francisco Mancebo.

Of the others, Zulle and Escartin come in three minutes down, just ahead of King of the Mountains leader Otxoa.

148km Armstrong tries to increase the pace but Pantani again comes back to sit on his wheel - a fascinating duel between two Tour winners.

Ullrich and his group are now 30 seconds back. The wind is severe on the summit.

147km Armstrong is leading Pantani, with Ullrich desperately trying to get back, followed by the Kelme duo and Beloki.

The second quartet are 19 seconds back at the Tom Simpson memorial.

146km Pantani attacks again. Botero tries to go with him but cannot stay there leaving the Italian to surge ahead.

Armstrong attacks Ullrich and the other three. It appears there is little they can do about it.

Botero is equally helpless as the American goes past. Pantani looks round and sees Armstrong come towards him.

The last two winners of the Tour are together, and Armstrong casts a cheeky glance at Pantani as he goes by to lead the pairing.

145km Armstrong and Ullrich are back at the front, with the summit now in sight.

144km Virenque has been distanced by the pace of Pantani, but the other five are still keeping pace.

The Frenchman almost comes back but Pantani increases the pace again, leaving Virenque behind.

143km Pantani attacks, followed by half of the Kelme tandem. Ullrich closes the gap and the seven are back together.

The bald Italian goes again, at a higher pace and the others are forced to respond.

142km Le Chalet Reynard, the last chance for tired cyclo-tourists to turn away from the climb and go down an alternative route down.

Pantani is coming back just as quickly as he dropped back. It looks as though he was conserving energy and he is now in the lead group again.

141km Pantani has blown completely and suddenly fallen back to 20 seconds down. Jalabert has also lost touch.

The group of six at the front remains intact.

140km The group is Ullrich, Armstrong, Virenque, Beloki, Heras and Botero. The German looks strong at the front.

Pantani is eight seconds back, Laurent Jalabert is 15 seconds back down the wooded road. Ahead lies the barren open slopes.

139km Heras briefly attacks but Armstrong follows and go past, leaving behind Pantani. Livingston has drifted off, leaving Armstrong without team-mates.

Ullrich has also lost Vinokourov, leaving Heras and Botero the only double act for Kelme.

138km Livingston is driving hard ahead of Armstrong, Ullrich, Vinokourov, Virenque, Roberto Heras (Spa, Kelme), Botero, Joseba Beloki (Spa, Festina), Pantani and Laurent Jalabert.

137km Vinokourov attacks the other two breakaways, with the Armstrong group just 16 seconds behind. But is is Botero who is going away.

135km As Arrieta falls back to the group he looks for his Banesto team-mates, who are now in the middle of the 30-strong main group of race favourites. But team leader Alex Zulle is falling back. So is Escartin.

Vinokourov, Herve and Botero now form a leading trio, 29 seconds ahead.

134km Dutchman Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) has been dropped, as has Dufaux. Mattan is the next man to be caught.

132km Agnolutto has been caught. The other leaders are now just 45 seconds up the road.

Alex Zulle and Virenque are just behind the Postal trio, followed by Ullrich and the German's Italian team-mate Guiseppi Guerini.

131kmUS Postal's American pair Tyler Hamilton and Kevin Livingston are now maintaining the pace with Armstrong behind.

Marco Pantani (Ita, Mercatone) makes his way up to the front, helped by the pink jerseys of his team.

130km The main group has thinned down to about 50 riders with Armstrong, Ullrich and Virenque among the men at the front, but Abraham Olano (Spa, ONCE) has already lost touch.

128km The gap falls to 1'21 with a group of Telekom riders now helping with Banesto's chase.

The pace is beginning to break up the race, with Britain's David Millar one of the riders who is left behind.

126km Bedoin is the traditional start point for the climb, 23 gruelling kilometres beneath the Ventoux summit.

The small village is also packed with people waving flags and banners as the breakaway passes through the main square.

The break are now 1'38 ahead of the main pack, with Banesto continuing to drive hard at the front of the peloton.

Mapei, Festina, US Postal and Telekon riders are sitting just behind.

121km The gap is down to just two minutes. Large crowds are already lining the route, even before the start of the climb.

118km The Cote de Mormeiron, the fourth category climb before the major obstacle of the day.

  Cote de Mormeiron
1. Mattan
2. Botero
3. Herve
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Lance Armstrong
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