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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 July, 2003, 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK
Racewatch: Stage 14

Stage 14: Saint-Girons - Loudenvielle - 191.5km.

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

  • Gilberto Simoni's well-timed sprint gives him the stage win, ahead of Laurent Dufaux and Richard Virenque.

  • Alexandre Vinokourov's brave bid for the yellow jersey fails as he finishes 42 seconds ahead of Lance Armstrong, needing a 61-second advantage. Only 18 seconds now separate the top three in the overall standings, with Jan Ullrich still second.

  • Richard Virenque wins four climbs and finishes second in the other two to extend his lead in the 'King of the Mountains' race.


    1550: Alexandre Vinokourov fails in his bid to take the yellow jersey, as Lance Armstrong finishes 42 seconds behind him. The top three in the overall standings remains the same but only 18 seconds separates them.

    1548: Gilberto Simoni times his sprint to perfection to take the stage win. Laurent Dufaux is second with Richard Virenque third.

    1543: Gilberto Simoni takes maximum points in the sixth and final climb of the day, with Richard Virenque second. Vinokourov's lead over Armstrong is 40 seconds. He needs a 61-second advantage to take the yellow jersey from the American.

    Result of final climb:
    1. Gilberto Simoni
    2. Richard Virenque
    3. Laurent Dufaux
    4. Walter Beneteau
    5. Andrea Peron

    1530: Vinokourov and Mayo are under four minutes behind the leading trio with Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich 50 seconds further back.

    1521: Ullrich elects to attack, and this time Armstrong does react. Ivan Basso and Haimar Zubeldia go with them.

    1513: Christophe Moreau makes a break from the yellow jersey group. The 15-strong pack includes Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. Iban Mayo, Alexandre Vinokourov and Roberto Laiseka respond to Moreau's attack, but Armstrong fails to react.

    1505: Gilberto Simoni attacks on the final ascent of the day and succeeds in dropping Walter Beneteau from the leading group.

    1457: Walter Beneteau makes it four at the front as the leaders cross the border back into France and begin the final climb of the day.

    Result of 5th climb:
    1. Richard Virenque
    2. Laurent Dufaux
    3. Gilberto Simoni
    4. Walter Beneteau
    5. Alexandre Botcharov

    1451: Richard Virenque takes maximum points in the fifth climb of the day. He will take a huge lead in the mountains classification after today's stage. Alexandre Botcharov leads a group of five chasing the three leaders.

    1439: US Postal's Roberto Heras and Floyd Landis return to the peloton to join team leader Lance Armstrong.

    1431: Laurent Dufaux attacks on the Col du Portillon ascent, taking Richard Virenque and Gilberto Simoni with him.

    1428: Quick Step's Michael Rogers leads the breakaway group, but his team-mate Paolo Bettini has dropped back from the leaders.

    1419: A group of 12 have built up a lead of five minutes over four others.

    1355: The peloton, led by by one Euskaltel rider and three Bianchi team-mates, is now 9:24 behind the leaders.

    1352: One of the leading group, Frenchman Walter Beneteau, goes off onto a side road on the descent from the Col de Mente, but avoids falling and gets himself back on course.

    1348: The race is reduced to 156 as Andrej Hauptman of the Caldirola team becomes the sixth rider to abandon the 14th stage.

    Result of 4th climb:
    1: Richard Virenque
    2: Laurent Dufaux
    3: Manuel Beltran
    4: Alex Botcharov
    5: Andrea Peron
    1345: Richard Virenque picks up his third consecutive maximum-points haul of the stage on the fourth climb.

    1342: Lotto-Domo's Rik Verbrugghe becomes the fifth rider to abandon the 14th stage.

    1340: Four US Postal riders - Pavel Padrnos, Floyd Landis, Viatcheslav Ekimov and Victor Hugo Pena -have dropped off the main peloton.

    1335: Michael Rogers, after dropping out of the lead group, returns to the front to set the pace for team-mate Richard Virenque on the final few kilometres of the Col de Mente. The peloton is now 9:30 behind.

    1330: The leading group is thinning out on the fourth cllimb as Christophe Mengin, Fabrizio Guidi, Michael Rogers, Paolo Bettini and Daniele Nardello all drop off the pace.

    1325: German Rolf Aldag slips off the back of the 17-man escape group as they begin the fourth climb, the category-one Col de Mente.

    1320: The peloton crosses the top of the Col du Portet d'Aspet with a deficit of 10:45 on the leaders

    1315: US Postal rider Floyd Landis has to step off his bike and and fix a mechanical problem on the third climb before trying to return to the front of the peloton.

    Result of 3rd climb:
    1: Richard Virenque
    2: Laurent Dufaux
    3: Manuel Beltran
    4: Paolo Bettini
    5: Michael Rogers
    1310: Richard Virenque sprints ahead of Quick Step team-mate to collect maximum points for the second time in the stage on the third mountain pass.

    1305: A punishing stage is taking its toll as Raffaele Ferrara of the Alessio team becomes the fourth rider to abandon the race, leaving 158.

    1302: Australian Brad McGee, the winner of the prologue, has punctured his rear tyre and has been dropped by the peloton.

    1300: Robbie Hunter, riding for the Rabobank team, and Gerolsteiner team leader Davide Rebellin have both abandoned the Tour on this 14th stage. There are now 159 riders left.

    1255: The leaders have less than 100km to go as they approach the Col du Portet d'Aspet, a category two climb that peaks at 1,069m.

    1248: The peloton, in which two Bianchi riders have joined the Euskaltel duo and the US Postal team at the front, have reduced the gap on the leaders to 14:03.

    1240: Britain's David Millar, who had slipped a minute behind the main peloton, is trying to work his way back through a convoy of team cars.

    1235: Once-Eroski rider Michel Pradera is at the head of the leading group as they complete 100km on the rapid descent from the Col de la Core.

    1228: Two orange-clad Euskaltel riders have moved to the head of the peloton as the gap to the leading group is reduced to 14:20.

    1223: Britain's David Millar, suffering with sickness, has dropped off the back of the main peloton.

    Result of 2nd climb:
    1: Richard Virenque
    2: Laurent Dufaux
    3: Paolo Bettini
    4: Michael Rogers
    5: Manuel Beltran
    1218: Richard Virenque appears certain to claim the polka dot jersey after collecting 30 points for winning the second climb up the Col de la Core. His lead over Lance Armstrong is now over 100 points.

    1215: The leaders have passed over the summit of the second climb 15 minutes ahead of the peloton.

    1210: Swiss Laurent Dufaux, the second-best placed overall of the 17-man breakaway group (19:03 behind Armstrong) has taken over the pace setting.

    1205: US Postal director Johan Bruyneel confirms the team planned to send Spanish rider Manuel Beltran forward into the escape group on today's stage.

    1157: The leaders are now over 13 minutes ahead of the peloton approaching the final 5km of the second climb.

    1155: Russian rider Alexandre Botcharov has dropped to the back of the leading group and held a discussion with the race doctor.

    1152: US Postal rider Manuel Beltran is now the 'virtual' leader of the Tour, as part of a leading group which has opened up a 12-minute lead over the peloton. The Spaniard started 11:57 behind Lance Armstrong.

    1147: The leaders are on the steepest section of the first category climb, around halfway up the Col de la Core.

    1140: Gilberto Simoni is pushing on at the head of the leading group, which is now 11 minutes ahead of the peloton.

    1135: The leaders are on the second climb of the day on the Col de la Core, which peaks at 1135m.

    1130: The leading group of 17 are now 9:10 ahead of the peloton.

    1128: Sebastien Hinault of the Credit Agricole team crashes in the peloton, but quickly remounts his bike.

    1125: Rene Haselbacher, of the Gerolsteiner team, has abandoned the race, leaving 161 riders.

    1115: Richard Virenque has extended his lead in the race to be crowned 'King of the Mountains', with Lance Armstrong his nearest challenger.

    1110: Christophe Mengin outsprints compatriot Richard Virenque to win the points for first place at the top of the Col de Latrape.

    1105: Paolo Bettini, of the Quick Step team, is at the front of the leading group with Richard Virenque in close attendance in the final kilometre of the first climb.

    1058: The leaders, now nearly four minutes ahead of the US Postal-led peloton, are approaching the top of the Col de Latrape, a category two climb.

    1053: Spaniard Manuel Beltran, part of Lance Armstrong's US Postal team, is the best placed rider in the breakway group of 17. He is 11:57 behind Armstrong in the overall classification.

    1047: Denmark's Jakob Piil, winner of the 10th stage, collects six points for taking the first sprint at Erce. Italian Paolo Bettini is second with France's Christophe Mengin third.

    1042: The leading group have opened up a lead of one minute 40 seconds over the peloton as they approach the first sprint of the day.

    1035: French climbing specialist Richard Virenque, winner of a memorable stage seven, has joined the group now numbering 17 at the front.

    1025: Italian Gilberto Simoni is among a dozen riders trying to launch an early break.

    1015: The peloton rides out to the start of the second stage in the Pyrenees, which features six major climbs before the descent to Loudenvielle.





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  • VOTE RESULTS
    After the last three nailbiting days, who will win this year's Tour?
    Lance Armstrong
     25.20% 
    Iban Mayo
     0.82% 
    Jan Ullrich
     63.54% 
    Alexandre Vinokourov
     10.43% 
    6805 Votes Cast
    Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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