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Michael Rasmussen

Michael Rasmussen has the overall leader's yellow jersey for stage 14 - a 197km trek from Mazamet to Plateau-de-Beille

Locals cheer on the riders

Spectators line the early part of the course to cheer on the riders as they make their way past

The riders in the early stages

The riders face a gruelling journey to the finishing post almost 200km away at the top of a giant climb in the Pyrenees

Ruben Perez

Ruben Perez of Spain is one of six riders who build up a big advantage ahead of the first major climb

Antonio Colom

Antonio Colom (r) opens up a lead and then finds himself 100 seconds in front with eight kilometres to go

Alberto Contador takes the lead

Colom tires and is overtaken by Rasmussen, who is then himself caught by Spain's Alberto Contador

Contador wins stage 14

And Contador edges out Rasmussen to win after a thrilling battle for supremacy all the way up to Plateau-de-Beille

Michael Rasmussen with the yellow jersey

Contador is second overall but Rasmussen keeps the yellow jersey with his lead stretched to two minutes 23 seconds

Bradley Wiggins (left) and David Millar

David Millar (r) is 66th, while fellow Briton Bradley Wiggins finishes way back in 147th place



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