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Stage 13 yellow jersey winner Oscar Pereiro

Oscar Pereiro spends his first day in the yellow jersey with an 89-second gap ahead of American Floyd Landis

Floyd Landis is hugged by yellow jersey holder Oscar Pereiro

And former yellow jersey winner Landis takes to the Montelimar start line with Pereiro in the scorching 32C heat

Italy's Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital/Ita) followed by Spain's Ruben Lobato (Saunier Duval/Spa) breaks away from the pack

As the first venture into the Alps commences, Italy's Damiano Cunego and Spain's Ruben Lobato form a breakaway

USA's George Hincapie (Discovery Channel/USA) leads Italy's Eddy Mazzoleni (T-Mobile/Ger) and Spain's Iker Camano (Eusktaltel-Euskadi/Spa) ride past a lavender field

Discovery rider George Hincapie and Iker Camano are among a group being pursued by the main peloton

Belgium's Rik Verbrugghe leads a break

After a tough chase Belgium's Rik Verbrugghe moves ahead of Cunego with the peloton gradually closing the gap

The peloton are applauded by fans

The main pack are given plenty of encouragement in the sweltering conditions as they continue their pursuit

Belgium's Rik Verbrugghe lays on the ground after a crash

With 37km to go, three of the leading riders crash which sends Kessler and Verbrugghe hurtling over the barrier

Germany's Matthias Kessler talks with a doctor after falling

Amazingly, Kessler manages to recover from the horrific crash unscathed and slowly continues the stage

Spain's David Canada is being taken care of after a fall

There are 156 riders left after David Canada has to pull out - Mario Aerts, Commesso and Fedrigo sprint ahead

Italy's Salvatore Commesso races in front of France's Pierrick Fedrigo

However, Commesso accelerates and is soon leading with Fedrigo sticking close to his wheel in the treacherous heat

Winner of stage 14 - Pierrick Fedrigo of France

The pair race to the finish line in Gap, and Fedrigo manages to outsprint the Italian for a French stage win

Oscar Pereiro of Spain celebrates his yellow jersey as overall leader on the podium

But there are no changes at the top of the overall standings, as Oscar Pereiro retains his leader's yellow jersey



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Tour de France stage 13 photos
15 Jul 06 |  Photo Galleries


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