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Le Tour 2001

89th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 6-28, 2002

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Stage 14 - Sunday July 21: Lodève - Mont Ventoux, 221 km

By Tim Maloney, European editor

Over two weeks on the road for the Tour peloton, with one intense week of racing left before Paris. The long, tough Stage 14 starts out at 11:15am in Lodeve, then travels East across the hot, dry Herault interior below the Cevennes mountains to Provence, where ol'Geant awaits after 200 km of racing. Yes, once again, it's Le Mont-Ventoux, the Giant Of Provence, awaiting the Tour peloton at the end of the stage with a difficult mountaintop finish.

First scaled in the Tour over a half-century ago, the hors categorie Le Mont-Ventoux (21 km/7.5%) last saw a mano-a-mano stage battle in 2000 between eventual Tour winner Lance Armstrong and challenger Marco Pantani, which the Italian narrowly won. Armstrong will be looking to make his mark this year on the magnificent lunar landscape of this extinct volcano, so don't be too surprised if the potentially Maillot Jaune clad Texan takes the win this time up Le Mont-Ventoux.


km    Location
0     Lodeve                                                  Start
71.5  Sauve                                                  Sprint
160   Chateauneuf-Du-Pape                                    Sprint
221   Le Mont-Ventoux                      Hors Cat. climb & Finish

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