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2000 Tour de France Results

July 1 - July 23

Results, stages with running GC, map, photos, video and history

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Map of the 2000 Tour de France


Quick facts:

3662 kilometers ridden at an average speed of 39.556 km/hr

177 riders started, 127 finishers

Lance Armstrong seized the Yellow Jersey on the tenth stage with its hilltop finish at Hautacam (where the cold, wet weather suited Armstrong and made riding difficult for Ullrich) and never relinquished it. His 53.986 km/hr time trial in stage 19 set a new Tour record.

This was Lance Armstrong's second Tour victory and Jan Ullrich's third second place.


2000 Tour de France Complete Final General Classification

  1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal): 92hr 33min 8sec
  2. Jan Ullrich (Telekom) @ 6min 2sec
  3. Joseba Beloki (Festina) @ 10min 4sec
  4. Christophe Moreau (Festina) @ 10min 34sec
  5. Roberto Heras (Kelme) @ 11min 50sec
  6. Richard Virenque (Polti) @ 13min 26sec
  7. Santiago Botero (Kelme) @ 14min 18sec
  8. Fernando Escartin (Kelme) @ 17min 21sec
  9. Francisco Mancebo (Banesto) @ 18min 9sec
  10. Daniele Nardello (Mapei) @ 18min 25sec
  11. Manuel Beltrán (Mapei) @ 21min 11sec
  12. Pascal Hervé (Polti) @ 23min 13sec
  13. Javier Ochoa (Kelme) @ 25min
  14. Felix Garcia-Casas (Festina) @ 32min 4sec
  15. Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) @ 32min 26sec
  16. Roberto Conti (Vini Caldirola) @ 34min 18sec
  17. Kurt Van De Wouwer (Lotto) @ 34min 29sec
  18. Guido Trentin (Vini Caldirola) @ 35min 57sec
  19. Jean-Cyril Robin (Bonjour) @ 43min 12sec
  20. Geert Verheyen (Lotto) @ 46min 24sec
  21. Peter Luttenberger (ONCE) @ 48min 27sec
  22. Nico Mattan (Cofidis) @ 50min 9sec
  23. José-Maria Jimenez (Banesto) @ 51min 45sec
  24. Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) @ 52min 6sec
  25. Tyler Hamilton (US Postal) @ 56min 30sec
  26. Giuseppe Guerini (Telekom) @ 59min 33sec
  27. Massimiliano Lelli (Cofidis) @ 1hr 6min 5sec
  28. Mario Aerts (Lotto) @ 1hr 6min 44sec
  29. Daniel Atienza (Saeco) @ 1hr 9min 19sec
  30. Dariusz Baranowski (Banesto) @ 1hr 9min 27sec
  31. Javier Pascual (Kelme) @ 1hr 16min 33sec
  32. Andrei Kivilev (Ag2r) @ 1hr 17min 28sec
  33. David Cañada (ONCE) @ 1hr 17min 44sec
  34. Abraham Olano (ONCE) @ 1hr 19min 44sec
  35. Laurent Madouas (Festina) @ 1hr 20min 40sec
  36. Bo Hamburger (Memory Card) @ 1hr 21min 33sec
  37. Kevin Livingston (US Postal) @ 1hr 23min 13sec
  38. Enrico Zaina (Mercatone Uno) @ 1hr 23min 33sec
  39. Marco Velo (Mercatone Uno) @ 1hr 24min 21sec
  40. Jens Heppner (Telekom) @ 1hr 29min 51sec
  41. Paolo Savoldelli (Saeco) @ 1hr 32min 0sec
  42. Udo Bölts (Telekom) @ 1hr 32min 33sec
  43. Marc Wauters (Rabobank) @ 1hr 33min 34sec
  44. Roland Meier (Cofidis) @ 1hr 35min 57sec
  45. Didier Rous (Bonjour) @ 1hr 39min 55sec
  46. Marcello Siboni (Mercatone Uno) @ 1hr 42min 0sec
  47. Jon Odriozola (Banesto) @ 1hr 43min 22sec
  48. Bobby Julich (Credit Agricole) @ 1hr 44min 15sec
  49. Maarten Den Bakker (Rabobank) @ 1hr 46min 17sec
  50. José Angel Vidal (Kelme) @ 1hr 50min 59sec
  51. Erik Dekker (Rabobank) @ 1hr 51min 27sec
  52. Cédric Vasseur (US Postal) @ 1hr 55min 25sec
  53. José Vicente Garcia (Banesto) @ 1hr 56min 31sec
  54. Laurent Jalabert (ONCE) @ 1hr 58min 47sec
  55. Viatcheslav Ekimov (US Postal) @ 1hr 59min 57sec
  56. Marc Lotz (Rabobank) @ 2hr 2min 4sec
  57. José Luis Arrieta (Banesto) @ 2hr 4min 21sec
  58. François Simon (Bonjour) @ 2hr 10min 8sec
  59. Ermanno Brignoli (Mercatone Uno) @ 2hr 10min 28sec
  60. Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) @ 2hr 10min 37sec
  61. Erik Zabel (Telekom) @ 2hr 11min 7sec
  62. David Millar (Cofidis) @ 2hr 13min 3sec
  63. Antonio Tauler (Kelme) @ 2hr 16min 5sec
  64. Fabio Sacchi (Polti) @ 2hr 17min 40sec
  65. George Hincapie (US Postal) @ 2hr 20min 31sec
  66. Christophe Agnolutto (Ag2r) @ 2hr 23min 7sec
  67. Massimiliano Mori (Saeco) @ 2hr 24min 5sec
  68. Markus Zberg (Rabobank) @ 2hr 26min 40sec
  69. Pascal Chanteur (Ag2r) @ 2hr 27min 19sec
  70. Roccardo Forconi (Mercatone Uno) @ 2hr 28min 14sec
  71. Walter Bénéteau (Bonjour) @ 2hr 28min 17sec
  72. Salvatore Commesso (Saeco) @ 2hr 28min 48sec
  73. Massimo Podenzana (Mercatone Uno) @ 2hr 29min 17sec'
  74. Jacky Durand (Lotto) @ 2hr 31min 48sec
  75. David Moncoutié (Cofidis) @ 2hr 32min 26sec
  76. Xavier Jan (FDJ) @ 2hr 33min 55sec
  77. Koos Moerenhout (Farm Frites) @ 2hr 34min 31sec
  78. Michel Lafis (Farm Frites) @ 2hr 35min 52sec
  79. Paul Van Hyfte (Lotto) @ 2hr 36min 3sec
  80. Stefano Zanini (Mapei) @ 2hr 36min 7sec
  81. Gilles Maignan (Ag2r) @ 2hr 36min 12sec
  82. Romans Vainsteins (Vini Caldarola) @ 2hr 38min 10sec
  83. David Delrieu (Ag2r) @ 2hr 38min 10sec
  84. Elberto Elli (Telekom) @ 2hr 40min 12sec
  85. Pavel Padrnos (Saeco) @ 2hr 40min 19sec
  86. Fred Rodriguez (Mapei) @ 2hr 40min 19sec
  87. Orlando Sergio Rodrigues (Banesto) @ 2hr 40min 31sec
  88. Sebastien Demarbaix (Lotto) @ 2hr 41min 19sec
  89. Steffen Kjærgaard (US Postal) @ 2hr 44min 1sec
  90. Anthony Morin (Credit Agricole) @ 2hr 44min 2sec 
  91. Glenn Magnusson (Farm Frites) @ 2hr 45min 46sec
  92. Benoît Joachim (US Postal) @ 2hr 45min 56sec
  93. Arvis Piziks (Memory Card) @ 2hr 46min 6sec
  94. Mirko Crepaldi (Polti) @ 2hr 48min 30sec
  95. Chirstophe Mengin (FDJ) @ 2hr 50min 21sec
  96. Mauro Radaelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 2hr 51min 1sec
  97. Jaime Hernández (Festina) @ 2hr 51min 14sec
  98. Emmanuel Magnien (FDJ) @ 2hr 51min 21sec
  99. Nicolai Bo Larsen (Memeory Card) @ 2hr 52min 14sec
  100. Frank Høj (FDJ) @ 2hr 52min 46sec
  101. Thierry Marichal (Lotto) @ 2hr 52min 52sec
  102. Massimo Apollonio (Vini Caldirola) @ 2hr 54min 0sec
  103. Max Van Heeswijk (Mapei) @ 2hr 54min 50sec
  104. Gian-Matteo Fagnini (Telekom) @ 2hr 55min 45sec
  105. Andreas Klier (Farm Frites) @ 2hr 58min 4sec
  106. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (FDJ) @ 2hr 58min 5sec
  107. Benoît Salmon (Ag2r) @ 2hr 59min 59sec
  108. Martin Rittsel (Memory Card) @ 3hr 0min 47sec
  109. Servais Knaven (Farm Frites) @ 3hr 2min 49sec
  110. Frankie Andreu (US postal) @ 3hr 2min 51sec
  111. Pascal Deramé (Bonjour) @ 3hr 3min 30sec
  112. Pascal Lino (Festina) @ 3hr 3min 38sec
  113. Robbie McEwen (Farm Frites) @ 3hr 4min 28sec
  114. Simone Borgheresi (Mercatone Uno) @ 3hr 4min 28sec
  115. Bart Voskamp (Polti) @ 3hr 5min 17sec
  116. Frédérik Guesdon (FDJ) @ 3hr 7min 16sec
  117. Tristan Hoffman (Memory Card) @ 3hr 7min 17sec
  118. Geert Van Bondt (Farm Frites) @ 3hr 7min 39sec
  119. Allan Johansen (Memory Card) @ 3hr 8min 22sec
  120. Anthony Langella (Credit Agricole) @ 3hr 13min 40sec
  121. Serge Baguet (Lotto) @ 3hr 17min 15sec
  122. Franck Bouyer (Bonjour) @ 3hr 18min 37sec
  123. Magnus Bäckstedt (Credit Agricole) @ 3hr 20min 27sec
  124. Francisco Leon (Kelme) @ 3hr 22min 52sec
  125. Sébastien Hinault (Credit Agricole) @ 3hr 41min 2sec
  126. Damien Nazon (Bonjour) @ 3hr 43min 13sec
  127. Olivier Perraudeau (Bonjour) @ 3hr 46min 37sec

Green Points Jersey:

  1. Erik Zabel (Telekom): 321 points
  2. Robbie McEwen (Farm Frites): 203
  3. Romans Vainsteins (Vini Caldirola): 184
  4. Emmanuel Magnien (FDJ): 157
  5. Erik Dekker (Rabobank): 138
  6. Stefano Zanini (Mapei): 130
  7. Jacky Durand (Lotto): 130
  8. François Simon (Bonjour): 122
  9. Salvatore Commesso (Saeco): 118
  10. Nico Mattan (Cofidis): 106

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Santiago Botero (Kelme): 347 points
  2. Javier Ochoa (Kelme): 283
  3. Richard Virenque (Polti): 267
  4. Pacal Hervé (Polti): 234
  5. Nico Mattan (Cofidis): 164
  6. Lance Armstrong (US Postal): 162
  7. Fernando Escartin (Kelme): 149
  8. Roberto Heras (Kelme): 113
  9. Joseba Beloki (Festina): 112
  10. José Maria Jimenez (Banesto): 110

Young Rider:

  1. Francisco Mancebo (Banesto) 92hr 51min 17sec
  2. Guido Trentin (Vini Caldirola) @ 17min 48sec
  3. Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) @ 33min 57sec
  4. David Cañada (ONCE) @ 59min 35sec
  5. David Millar (Cofidis) @ 1hr 54min 54sec

Team Classification:

  1. Kelme: 278hr 10min 47sec
  2. Festina @ 13min 42sec
  3. Banesto @ 18min 21sec
  4. Telekom @ 40min 8sec
  5. Lotto @ 1hr 11min 50sec
  6. Rabobank @ 1hr 16min 34sec
  7. ONCE @ 1hr 36min 14sec
  8. US Postal @ 1hr 46min 4sec
  9. Mapei @ 1hr 50min 17sec
  10. Cofidis @ 2hr 6min 48sec

Stages and results:

Stage 1: Saturday, July 1, Futuroscope 16.5 km indvidual time trial.

  1. David Millar: 19min 3sec
  2. Lance Armstrong @ 2sec
  3. Laurent Jalabert @ 13sec
  4. Jan Ullrich @ 14sec
  5. David Canada @ 16sec
  6. Alex Zulle @ 20sec
  7. Viatcheslav Ekimov @ 21sec
  8. Simone Borgheresi @ 27sec
  9. Tyler Hamilton @ 33sec
  10. Erik Dekker @ 36sec
  11. Abraham Olano @ 39sec
  12. Joseba Beloki @ 40sec

Stage 2: Sunday, July 2, Futuroscope - Loudun, 194 km.

  1. Tom Steel: 4hr 46min 8sec
  2. Stuart O'Grady s.t.
  3. Erik Zabel s.t.
  4. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  5. Marcel Wust s.t.
  6. Dario Pieri s.t.
  7. Robbie McEwen s.t.
  8. Zoran Klemencic s.t.
  9. François Simon s.t.
  10. Jans Koerts s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. David Millar: 5hr 5min 9sec
  2. Lance Armstrong @ 4sec
  3. Laurent Jalabert @ 15sec
  4. Jan Ullrich @ 16sec
  5. David Canada @ 18sec
  6. Alex Zulle @ 22sec
  7. Viatcheslav Ekimov @ 23sec
  8. Simone Borgheresi @ 29sec
  9. Tyler Hamilton @ 35sec
  10. Abraham Olano @ 41sec

Stage 3: Monday, July 3, Loudon - Nantes, 161.5 km.

  1. Tom Steels: 3hr 37min 51sec
  2. Marcel Wust s.t.
  3. Erik Zabel s.t.
  4. Jans Koerts s.t.
  5. Stuart O'Grady s.t.
  6. Damien Nazon s.t.
  7. François Simon s.t.
  8. Jaan Kirsipuu s.t.
  9. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  10. Dario Pieri s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

  1. David Millar: 8hr 43min 9sec
  2. Lance Armstrong @ 4sec
  3. Laurent Jalabert @ 6sec
  4. Jan Ullrich @ 7sec
  5. David Canada @ 18sec
  6. Alex Zulle @ 22sec
  7. Viatcheslav Ekimov 2 23sec
  8. Simone Borgheresi @ 29sec
  9. Jens Voigt @ 30sec
  10. Tyler Hamilton @ 35sec

Stage 4: Tuesday, July 4, Nantes - St. Nataire 70 km Team Time Trial

  1. ONCE 1hr 25min 55sec
  2. US Postal @ 26sec
  3. Telekom @ 1min 6sec
  4. Credit Agricole @ 1min 12sec
  5. Rabobank @ 1min 52sec
  6. Festina @ 1min 56sec
  7. Cofidis @ 2min 33sec
  8. Mapei @ 2min 58sec
  9. Mercatone Uno @ 3min 14sec
  10. Memory Card @ 3min 39sec.

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Laurent Jalabert: 10hr 9min 10sec
  2. David Canada @ 12sec
  3. Lance Armstrong @ 24sec
  4. Abraham Olano @ 35sec
  5. Viatcheslav Ekimov @ 43sec
  6. Nicolas Jalabert @ 49sec
  7. Ivan Gutierrez s.t.
  8. Marcos Serrano @ 52sec
  9. Miguel-Angel Pena @ 54sec
  10. Tyler Hamiltpon @ 55sec

Stage 5: Wednesday, July 5, Vannes - Vitré, 202 km.

  1. Marcel Wust: 4hr 19min 5sec
  2. Erik Zabel s.t.
  3. Stefano Zanini s.t.
  4. Tom Steels s.t.
  5. Salvatore Commesso s.t.
  6. Robbie McEwen s.t.
  7. Jans Koerts s.t.
  8. Stuart O'Grady s.t.
  9. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  10. Emmanuel Magnien s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Laurent Jalabert: 14hr 28min 25sec
  2. David Canada @ 12sec
  3. Lance Armstrong @ 14sec
  4. Abraham Olano @ 33sec
  5. Viatcheslav Ekimov @ 43sec
  6. Nicolas Jalabert @ 49sec
  7. Ivan Gutierrez s.t.
  8. Peter Luttenberger @ 51sec
  9. Marcos Serrano @ 52sec
  10. Miguel-Angel Pena @ 54sec

Stage 6: Thursday, July 6, Vitré - Tours, 198.5 km.

  1. Leon Van Bon: 4hr 28min 6sec
  2. Markus Zberg s.t.
  3. Emmanuel Magnien s.t.
  4. Servais Knaven s.t.
  5. Arvis Piziks s.t.
  6. Alberto Elli s.t.
  7. Fabrice Gougot s.t.
  8. Salvatore Commesso s.t.
  9. Jacky Durand s.t
  10. Jose Luis Arrieta s.t.
  11. Pascal Chanteur s.t.
  12. Marc Wauters s.t.
  13. Robbie McEwen (leading in the rest of the peloton) @ 7min 49sec

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Alberto Elli: 18hr 58min 40sec
  2. Fabrice Gougot @ 12sec
  3. Marc Wauters @ 1min 17sec
  4. Pascal Chanteur @ 2min 56sec
  5. Jose-Luis Arrieta @ 3min 8sec
  6. Jacky Durand @ 3min 27sec
  7. Salvatore Commesso @ 3min 52sec
  8. Servais Knaven @ 4min 31sec
  9. Arvis Piziks @ 4min 38sec
  10. Laurent Jalabert @ 5min 40sec

Stage 7: Friday, July 7, Tours - Limoges, 205.5 km.

  1. Christophe Agnolutto: 5hr 11min 41sec
  2. Marcel Wust @ 1min 11sec
  3. Erik Zabel st.t
  4. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  5. Zoren Klemencuc s.t.
  6. Paolo Bettini s.t.
  7. Jans Koerts s.t.
  8. Stefano Zanini s.t.
  9. Enrico Cassani s.t.
  10. Glenn Magnusson s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Alberto Elli: 24hr 11min 32sec
  2. Fabrice Gougot @ 12sec
  3. Marc Wauters @ 1min 17sec
  4. Pascal Chanteur @ 2min 56sec
  5. Jose-Luis Arrieta @ 3min 8sec
  6. Jacky Durand @ 3min21sec
  7. Salvatore Commesso @ 3min 52sec
  8. Servais Knaven @ 4min 31sec
  9. Arvis Piziks @ 4min 38sec
  10. Laurent Jalabert @ 5min 40sec

Stage 8: Saturday, July 8, Limoges - Villeneuve sur Lot, 203.5 km.

  1. Erik Dekker: 4hr 22min 14sec
  2. Xavier Jan @ 52sec
  3. Vicente Garcia-Acosta @ 56sec
  4. Fred Rodriguez @ 58sec
  5. Dario Pieri s.t.
  6. Bart Voskamp s.t.
  7. Didier Rous s.t.
  8. Mauro Radaelli @ 1min 36sec
  9. Nicolai-Bo Larsen s.t.
  10. Michael Sanstod @ 1min 43sec

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Alberto Elli: 28hr 39min 28sec
  2. Fabrice Gougot @ 12sec
  3. Marc Wauters @ 1min 17sec
  4. Pascal Chanteur @ 2min 56sec
  5. Jose-Luis Arrieta @ 3min 8sec
  6. Jens Voigt @ 3min 17sec
  7. Jacky Durand @ 3min 21sec
  8. Salvatore Commesso @ 3min 52sec
  9. Servais Knaven @ 4min 31sec
  10. Arvis Piziks @ 4min 38sec

Stage 9: Sunday, July 9, Agen - Dax, 181 km.

  1. Paolo Bettini: 4hr 29min 6sec
  2. Geert Verheyen s.t.
  3. Jose Angel Vidal s.t.
  4. Didier Rous s.t.
  5. Erik Zabel s.t.
  6. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  7. Enrico Cassani s.t.
  8. Arvis Pizics s.t.
  9. Stefano Zanini s.t.
  10. Zoren Klemencic s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Alberto Elli: 33hr 8min 34sec
  2. Fabrice Gougot @ 12sec
  3. Marc Wauters @ 1min 15sec
  4. Pascal Chanteur @ 2min 56sec
  5. Jose-Luis Arrieta @ 3min 8sec
  6. Jacky Durand @ 3min 17sec
  7. Jens Voigt s.t.
  8. Salvatore Commesso @ 3min 52sec
  9. Servais Knaven @ 4min 31sec
  10. Arvis Piziks @ 4min 38sec

Stage 10: Monday, July 10, Dax - Lourdes Hautacam, 205 km.

Major climbs: Marie-Blanque, Aubisque, Soulor, Hauticam

  1. Javier Ochoa: 6hr 9min 32sec
  2. Lance Armstrong @ 43sec
  3. Jose-Maria Jimenez @ 1min 13sec
  4. Richard Virenque @ 1min 57sec
  5. Manuel Beltran s.t.
  6. Fernando Escartin @ 2min 2sec
  7. Roberto Heras s.t.
  8. Christophe Moreau @ 3min 5sec
  9. Joseba Beloki @ 3min 35sec
  10. Alex Zulle @ 3min 47sec
  11. Francisco Mancebo s.t.
  12. Kurt Van de Wouwer @ 3min 55sec
  13. Jan Ullrich @ 4min 1sec

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 39hr 24min 30sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 4min 14sec
  3. Christophe Moreau @ 5min 10sec
  4. Marc Wauters @ 5min 18sec
  5. Peter Luttenberger @ 5min 21sec
  6. Joseba Beloki @ 5min 23sec
  7. Manuel Bletran @ 5min 44sec
  8. Javier Otxoa @ 6min 13sec
  9. Jose-Maria Jimenez @ 6min 21sec
  10. Angel Casero @ 6min 55sec

Stage 11: Tuesday, July 11, Bagnères de Bigorre - Revel, 218.5 km.

  1. Erik Dekker: 5hr 5min 47sec
  2. Santiago Botero s.t.
  3. Rik Verbrugghe @ 4min 51sec
  4. David Millar s.t.
  5. Francisco Mancebo s,t,
  6. Alexandre Vinokourov s.t.
  7. David Etxebarrria s.t.
  8. Mario Aerts s.t.
  9. Michele Bartoli s.t.
  10. Erik Zabel @ 5min 5sec

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 44hr 35min 22sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 4min 14sec
  3. Christophe Moreau @ 5min 10sec
  4. Marc Wauters @ 5min 18sec
  5. Peter Luttenberger @ 5min 21sec
  6. Joseba Beloki @ 5min 33sec
  7. Manuel Beltran @ 5min 44sec
  8. Javier Ochoa @ 6min 13sec
  9. Jose-Maria Jimenez @ 6min 21sec
  10. Angel Casero @ 6min 55sec

Stage 12: Thursday, July 13, Carpentras - Mont Ventoux, 149 km.

Major ascents: Murs, Javon, Notre Dame de Abeilles, Mont Ventoux

  1. Marco Pantani: 4hr 15min 11sec
  2. Lance Armstrong s.t.
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 25sec
  4. Jan Ullrich @ 29sec
  5. Santiago Botero @ 48sec
  6. Roberto Heras s.t.
  7. Richard Virenque @ 1min 17sec
  8. Francisco Mancebo @ 1min 23sec
  9. Manuel Beltran @ 1min 19sec
  10. Christophe Moreau @ 1min 31sec

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 48hr 50min 21sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 4min 55sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 5min 52sec
  4. Christophe Moreau @ 6min 53sec
  5. Manuel Beltran @ 7min 25sec
  6. Richard Virenque @ 8min 28sec
  7. Roberto Heras @ 8min 33sec
  8. Francisco Mancebo @ 9min 42sec
  9. Javier Ochoa @ 9min 46sec
  10. Peter Luttenberger @ 10min 1sec

Stage 13: Friday, July 14, Avignon - Draguignan, 185.5 km.

  1. Vicente Garcia-Acosta: 4hr 3min 2sec
  2. Nicolas Jalabert @ 25sec
  3. Pascal Herve @ 27sec
  4. Guido Trentin @ 57sec
  5. Stephane Heulot s.t.
  6. Robbie McEwen @ 4min
  7. François Simon s.t.
  8. Anthony Morin s.t.
  9. Christophe Agnolutto s.t.
  10. Marc Wauters s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 53hr 3min 29sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 4min 55sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 5min 52sec
  4. Marc Wauters @ 6min 3sec
  5. Christophe Moreau @ 6min 53sec
  6. Manuel Beltran @ 7min 25sec
  7. Richard Virenque @ 8min 28sec
  8. Roberto Heras @ 8min 33sec
  9. Francisco Mancebo @ 9min 42sec
  10. Javier Otxoa @ 9min 36sec

Stage 14: Saturday, July 15, Draguignan - Briançon, 249 km.

Major climbs: Canjuers, Allos, Vars and Izoard.

  1. Santiago Botero: 7hr 56min 13sec
  2. Paolo Savoldelli @ 2min 30sec
  3. Marco Pantani @ 2min 46sec
  4. Fernando Escartin @ 2min 49sec
  5. Richard Virenque s.t.
  6. Christophe Moreau s.t.
  7. Lance Armstrong @ 2min 51sec
  8. Roberto Heras s.t.
  9. Jan Ullrich s.t.
  10. Joseba Beloki s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 61hr 2min 33sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 4min 55sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 5min 52sec
  4. Christophe Moreau @ 6min 61sec
  5. Richard Virenque @ 8min 26sec
  6. Roberto Heras @ 8min 33sec
  7. Manuel Bletran @ 9min 33sec
  8. Santiago Botero @ 10min
  9. Marco Pantani @ 10min 13sec
  10. Francisco Mancebo @ 10min 17sec

Stage 15: Sunday, July 16, Briançon - Courchevel, 173.5 km.

Major Climbs: Galibier, Madeleine, Courchevel

  1. Marco Pantani: 5hr 34min 46sec
  2. Jose-Maria Jimenez @ 41sec
  3. Roberto Heras @ 50sec
  4. Lance Armstrong s.t.
  5. Daniele Nardello @ 1min
  6. Santiago Botero @ 1min 9sec
  7. Massimiliano Lelli @ 2min 17sec
  8. Fernando Escartin @ 2min 21sec
  9. Christophe Moreau s.t.
  10. Richard Virenque s.t.
  11. Joseba Beloki @ 2min 26sec
  12. Pascal Hervé @ 2min 42sec
  13. Francisco Mancebo @ 3min 16sec
  14. Kurt Van de Wouwer @ 3min 20sec
  15. Jan Ullrich @ 3min 21sec

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 66hr 38min 9sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 7min 26sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 7min 28sec
  4. Christophe Moreau @ 8min 22sec
  5. Roberto Heras @ 8min 25sec
  6. Marco Pantani @ 9min 3sec
  7. Richard Virenque @ 9min 57sec
  8. Santiago Botero @ 10min 19sec
  9. Fernando Escartin @ 12min 17sec
  10. Francisco Mancebo @ 12min 43sec

Stage 16: Tuesday, July 18, Courchevel - Morzine, 196 km.

Major Climbs: Saises, Aravis, Colombière and Joux-Plane

  1. Richard Virenque: 5hr 32min 20sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 24sc
  3. Roberto Heras @ 27sec
  4. Fernando Escartin @ 1min 9sec
  5. Joseba Beloki @ 1min 11sec
  6. Pascal Hervé s.t.
  7. Guido Trentin @ 2min 1sec
  8. Lance Armstrong s.t.
  9. Christophe Moreau s.t.
  10. Santiago Botero s.t.

GC after stage 16:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 72hr 12min 30sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 5min 37sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 6min 38sec
  4. Roberto Heras @ 6min 43sec
  5. Richard Virenque @ 7min 36sec
  6. Christophe Moreau @ 8min 22sec
  7. Santiago Botero @ 10min 19sec
  8. Fernando Escartin @ 11min 35sec
  9. Francisco Mancebo @ 13min 7sec

Stage 17: Wednesday, July 19, Evian les Bains - Lausanne, 155km.

Major ascent: Les Mosses

  1. Erik Dekker: 3hr 24min 53sec
  2. Erik Zabel s.t.
  3. Fred Rodriguez s.t.
  4. François Simon s.t.
  5. Robbie McEwen s.t.
  6. Mario Aerts s.t.
  7. Massimiliano Mori s.t.
  8. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  9. Nico Mattan s.t.
  10. Christophe Moreau s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 17hr 37min 23sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 5min 37sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 6min 38sec
  4. Roberto Heras @ 6min 43sec
  5. Richard Virenque @ 7min 36sec
  6. Christophe Moreau @ 8min 22sec
  7. Santiago Botero @ 10min 19sec
  8. Fernando Escartin @ 11min 35sec
  9. Francisco Mancebo @ 13min 7sec
  10. Manuel Beltran @ 13min 8sec

Stage 18: Thursday, July 20, Lausanne - Fribourg en Brisgau, 252 km.

  1. Salvatore Commesso: 6hr 8min 15sec
  2. Alexandre Vinokourov s.t.
  3. Jacky Durand @ 1min 5sec
  4. Jens Voigt @ 1min 16sec
  5. Jean-Cyril Robin s.t.
  6. Nicolai-Bo Larsen @ 15min 35sec
  7. Sevais Knaven s.t.
  8. Thierry Marichal s.t.
  9. Oliver Perraudeau s.t.
  10. Bo Hamburger @ 15min 37sec

GC after Stage 18:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 82hr 1min 18sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 5min 37sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 6min 38sec
  4. Roberto Heras @ 6min 43sec
  5. Richard Virenque @ 7min 36sec
  6. Christophe Moreau @ 8min 22sec
  7. Santiago Botero @ 10min 19sec
  8. Fernando Escartin @ 11min 35sec
  9. Francisco Mancebo @ 13min 7sec
  10. Manuiel Beltran @ 13min 8sec

Stage 19: Friday, July 21, Fribourg en Brisgau - Mulhouse 59 km Individual Time Trial.

  1. Lance Armstrong: 1hr 5min 1sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 25sec
  3. Christophe Moreau @ 2min 12sec
  4. Tyler Hamilton @ 3min 1sec
  5. Joseba Beloki @ 3min 26sec
  6. Laurent Jalabert @ 3min 47sec
  7. David Millar @ 3min 56sec
  8. Daniele Nardello @ 3min 57sec
  9. Santiago Botero @ 3min 59sec
  10. Guido Trentin @ 4min 16sec

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 83hr 6min 19sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 6min 2sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 10min 4sec
  4. Christophe Moreau @ 10min 34sec
  5. Roberto Heras @ 11min 50sec
  6. Richard Virenque @ 13min 26sec
  7. Santiago Botero @ 14min 18sec
  8. Fernando Escartin @ 17min 21sec
  9. Francisco Mancebo @ 18min 9sec
  10. Daniele Nardello @ 18min 25sec

Stage 20: Saturday, July 22, Belfort - Troyes, 248 km.

  1. Erik Zabel: 6hr 14min 13sec
  2. Robbie McEwen s.t.
  3. Jeroen Blijlevens s.t.
  4. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  5. Max Van Heeswijk s.t.
  6. Massimiliano Mori s.t.
  7. Arvis Piziks s.t.
  8. Emmanuel Magnien s.t.
  9. George Hincapie s.t.
  10. Christophe Mengin s.t.

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Lance Armstrong: 89hr 20min 32sec
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 6min 2sec
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 10min 4sec
  4. Christophe Moreau @ 10min 34sec
  5. Roberto Heras @ 11min 50sec
  6. Richard Virenque @ 13min 26sec
  7. Santiago Botero @ 14min 18sec
  8. Fernando Escartin @ 17min 21sec
  9. Francisco Mancebo @ 18min 9sec
  10. Daniele Nardello @ 18min 25sec

21st and Final stage: Sunday, July 23, Paris - Paris, 138 km.

  1. Stefano Zanini: 3hr 12min 36sec
  2. Erik Zabel s.t.
  3. Romans Vainsteins s.t.
  4. Fred Rodriguez s.t.
  5. Max Van Heeswijk s.t.
  6. Emmanuel Magnien s.t.
  7. François Simon s.t.
  8. Robbie McEwen s.t.
  9. Salvatore Commesso s.t.
  10. Arvis Piziks s.t.

Complete Final 2000 Tour de France GC after Stage 21


The Story of the 2000 Tour de France:

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The lead-in to the expected rematch between the 3 active tour winners began to take on the appearance of a soap opera. While Armstrong studiously trained and reconnoitered the important roads of the 2000 Tour, Ullrich and Pantani both had a problematic winter and spring. In January Pantani announced that both the Giro and the Tour would be the centerpieces of his 2000 season. He spent part of the winter training in the Canary Islands. Ullrich escaped the cold of his native Germany by training in Mallorca. As the early season races drew nigh Pantani postponed his racing start, feeling that things were not "tranquil". He was dealing with the stress of returning to racing after more than just a short absence from racing. In fact, he hadn't been riding at all. After his 1999 Giro expulsion, Pantani had basically hung up his bike. Moreover, Pantani was harassed by a judicial investigation into his 1999 Giro disqualification. In Italy there is a crime called "sporting fraud" and Pantani was potentially culpable. Later an inquiry would also be opened into the circumstances of his 1995 Turin crash and the extremely high hematocrit hospital technicians found him to have.

In March Armstrong pulled out of Paris–Nice, but this was due to a case of bronchitis. Ullrich rode the Tour of Murcia and finished ninety-third, almost an hour behind the winner, David Cañada. The message from the T-Mobile team regarding Ullrich was alles ist in ordnung [everything is in order]. Late in February Pantani entered and retired from the Tour of Valencia. Ominously, his doctor started talking openly about stress and made it clear that Pantani's mental condition wasn't ideal.

When March came Ullrich entered the Tirreno–Adriatico stage race. He was so fat that his team managers tried to keep photographers away from him. The team said he had to lose about 3 kilos. Other racers said Ullrich had to shed at least 10 kilograms to be competitive. All the talk about Ullrich now centered on his weight and lack of conditioning. By late March Pantani was still postponing the restart of his racing season. Meanwhile Armstrong was testing his legs in spring races and getting top placings.

On May 13, after a long series of yes-and-no signals about his riding the Giro, Pantani announced he would indeed ride the Italian national tour. Ullrich attempted to ride the Midi Libre but abandoned after a poor time trial and a shelling in the mountains. Pantani ended up finishing the Giro an hour down and in twenty-eighth place, helping his friend and teammate Stefano Garzelli win. Pantani showed improving form in the Giro's latter stages with a second place in the mountainous stage 19.

In the drug war, a test for synthetic EPO had been developed, but because there were too many questions about its reliability, it was decided not to implement it for the Tour.

At the end of June it looked like Ullrich might have pulled a rabbit out of his hat when he took a fifth place in the Tour of Switzerland, finishing only 2 minutes behind the winner, Oscar Camenzind, and beating Virenque by 15 seconds. So at the start of the Tour, Armstrong looked to be rock-solid and his 2 main challengers were really unknown quantities. It was hard to know exactly what kind of fitness they would bring to the race. There were 2 other potential challengers, Escartin and Zülle, who had both prepared carefully.

The other important character in this, the Millennium Tour, was the route. The Prologue was lengthened to 16.5 kilometers, perhaps putting it out of reach of the short-distance men who specialized in doing well in the usual pure-power start-up to the race. For the first time since 1995, the Tour included a team time trial. Armstrong said he relished the addition, as well he should, given the strength of his team. The team time trial also favored ONCE with Olano and Jalabert, and Ullrich's Telekom squad. There was only 1 extended individual time trial, 58.5 kilometers coming on the third to last stage. To honor the history of the Tour, stage 14 would go over the historic route last used in 1949 and won by Fausto Coppi that took in the Allos, Vars and Izoard. After the Pyrenean stages, there was only a short respite before 3 days of hard climbing in the Alps, a schedule that would favor the climbers. If Pantani had recovered both his physical form and his mental well being, he could be thought to be the favorite. That being unlikely, the race was really Armstrong's to lose.

The Tour started at the Futuroscope amusement park. Scotsman David Millar squeaked past Armstrong by 2 seconds to take the win and the first Yellow Jersey. Signaling fair-enough form, Ullrich was fourth, 14 seconds slower than Millar. Millar kept the lead until the stage 4 team time trial. Spanish racing had certainly changed a lot from the early days when Spaniards were only interested in and good at climbing. By the 1990s Spaniards were among the most accomplished time trialists in the world. Jalabert and Olano's well-drilled ONCE squad won the stage, even after a 20-second penalty for using a team car to tow a dropped rider back up to the squad. Jalabert was now in Yellow, a fact that did not displease the other contenders since it was assumed that Jalabert would not be able to hold the lead in the mountains, and yet his powerful team would be responsible in the short term for controlling the race.

During the team time trial Armstrong showed that he had more to learn about being a team leader. As Postal crossed a giant bridge over the Loire river, Armstrong took a hard pull. With the steep climb that crossing the big bridge entailed and the day's strong crosswinds, Armstrong's efforts blew the team apart. They struggled to get back together but it showed that even a team that has done the most careful practice and preparation can make serious mistakes in the heat of competition. In team time trials it is the usual practice to have the strongest riders take longer rather than harder pulls to give the others more time to rest and keep the overall average speed higher. Even with that error, the US Postal team came in second, only 26 seconds behind ONCE.

Team Once

Team Once rides the team time trial

For Zülle, it was almost like 1999 again. His Banesto team lost 4 minutes, a time gap that would be almost impossible for him to take back from Armstrong. Again, his Tour was almost over before it started. Escartin was in even worse shape: his Kelme team came in fourteenth, almost 5 minutes slower than ONCE. In truth, barring a catastrophe in the mountains, the Tour for him was largely over.

The General Classification after the stage 4 team time trial:

  1. Laurent Jalabert
  2. David Cañada @ 12 seconds
  3. Lance Armstrong @ 24 seconds
  4. Abraham Olano @ 35 seconds
  5. Viacheslav Ekimov @ 43 seconds

Jalabert was able to keep the lead for only 2 days. Early in stage 6, while Jalabert was taking a 'natural break', a group of 12 riders rolled off the front and quickly formed a smooth working group. ONCE, Pantani's Mercatone-Uno team and US Postal chased but the 12 men would not be denied and were able to preserve a lead of over 7 minutes by the end of the stage. ONCE showed that they had higher ambitions than Jalabert's surely temporary time in Yellow by shutting down their own chase efforts after only a few kilometers. The man with the good fortune to have snagged the Yellow Jersey after the day's successful break was one of the oldest men in the peloton, 36-year old Alberto Elli of Telekom. Now, how much energy would Telekom expend defending Elli's lead? Telekom's Manager predicted that Elli would keep the Yellow Jersey until the climbing started in stage 10.

The next day answered some questions. Telekom did work, albeit not too hard, to defend Elli's lead when French rider Christophe Agnolutto went on a successful solo break (the first one for a French rider in the Tour since 1997). Near the end of the stage Elli got into a break and US Postal jumped to the front of the pack and shut it right down. No one wanted things to get out of hand. The next day when Dutch rider Erik Dekker escaped it was US Postal and Mercatone Uno who did the work of keeping the gap manageable.

So, at the end of stage 9 with hard Pyrenean climbing coming the next day, here was the General Classification. Most of the higher ranking riders were beneficiaries of the stage 6 break:

  1. Alberto Elli
  2. Fabrice Gougot @ 12 seconds
  3. Marc Wauters @ 1 minute 15 seconds
  4. Pascal Chanteur @ 2 minutes 56 seconds
  5. Giuseppe Guerini @ 5 minutes 25 seconds

Stage 10, the only major Pyrenean stage, with its hilltop finish at Lourdes/Hautacam would certainly sort things out. 205 kilometers long, the real climbing didn't start until kilometer 111 with the Col de Marie-Blanque followed by the Aubisque and then its little brother the Soulor before the final ascent. The day started in Armstrong's favor with cold, rainy weather, which Armstrong preferred and Ullrich loathed. It had now rained 9 out of the first 10 stages. Escartin's Kelme team sent several riders up ahead and they carved out a good-sized lead. Postal started to assert themselves on the Aubisque and rode hard enough to drop most of the peloton including Jalabert. Kelme rider Javier Otxoa went over the Aubisque first. Following him were 8 riders in an Escartin/Virenque group. About 3 minutes further back were the main contenders, Armstrong, Zülle, Ullrich and Pantani among them. Telekom rider Giuseppe Guerini did a lot of the work in the Armstrong/Ullrich group on the upper slopes of the Aubisque.

Very soon into the final climb Pantani attacked. Armstrong and Zülle were the only ones who could go with him. Then, in a move that astonished all who were watching, Armstrong jumped and dropped first Zülle and then Pantani. He then went after the others up the road and caught all but Otxoa, who was too far ahead. Otxoa won the stage after being away for about 160 kilometers. Armstrong came charging in 42 seconds later. Then the beaten and damaged former contenders crossed the line, Virenque and Escartin at 2 minutes, Zülle at 3 minutes, 47 seconds. Ullrich's poor preparation was clear, he finished thirteenth, 4 minutes behind Otxoa. Pantani was twenty-first, almost 6 minutes back. In a single day on a single climb Armstrong had put his rivals in a very dire position. Like Merckx 30 years back, once Armstrong gained time, it was almost impossible to take it back. Christophe Moreau, grasping for any silver lining, thought Armstrong might be vulnerable because his team wasn't as strong as in 1999.

The new General Classification:

  1. Lance Armstrong
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 4 minutes 14 seconds
  3. Christophe Moreau @ 5 minutes 10 seconds
  4. Marc Wauters @ 5 minutes 18 seconds
  5. Peter Luttenberger @ 5 minutes 21 seconds
  6. Joseba Beloki @ 5 minutes 23 seconds

The next day was a transition day of lesser climbs with a rest day to follow. Then they would have to contend with Mount Ventoux. Stage 12, which finished at the top of the dreaded "Giant of Provence" was held on the thirty-third anniversary of Tom Simpson's death in 1967. While the stage did have 3 second-category climbs, it was on the ascent to the top of Mount Ventoux that the action occurred. At the base of the climb Armstrong's teammates Tyler Hamilton and Kevin Livingston set such a hot pace that Zülle, Escartin and Moreau were dropped. So much for Moreau's being able to take advantage of the weaker 2000 Postal team. Eventually only 7 riders were left: Armstrong, Roberto Heras, Santiago Botero, Joseba Beloki, Richard Virenque, Jan Ullrich, and Marco Pantani. Pantani was yo-yoing on and off the back as Ullrich drove the group hard up the hill. Then, after the riders climbed past the tree line, with about 5 kilometers to go, Pantani surprised everyone and went to the front and delivered a series of hammer blows, the last of which were more than the others could withstand. The man who styled himself "the Pirate" was gone. But it wasn't over. Armstrong leaped out of the chasing group and took off after Pantani and caught him.

Armstrong wrote that as they fought the hard winds together near the top he tried to encourage Pantani and yelled, "Vince", for victory. Pantani misunderstood and thought Armstrong said "Vitesse" [go faster] and was trying to antagonize him. At the top, Armstrong wrote, he eased to let Pantani have the win (and that's exactly how it looked), the usual practice when the Yellow Jersey has worked with another rider and has gained a solid time increase with the other's help.

Armstrong and Pantani

The consequences of that act almost cost Armstrong the Tour. In a series of press conferences Armstrong indicated that he had indeed let Pantani win the stage. Pantani was enraged and humiliated. He lashed back saying that he was the better rider and had fairly won the sprint. The dispute hit its nadir when Armstrong called Pantani "Elefantino", a nickname that Pantani detested because it made fun of his prominent ears.

Despite the sordid little episode Armstrong had delivered another punch to the peloton's solar plexus. The new General Classification:

  1. Lance Armstrong
  2. Jan Ullrich @ 4 minutes 55 seconds
  3. Joseba Beloki @ 5 minutes 52 seconds
  4. Christophe Moreau @ 6 minutes 53 seconds
  5. Manuel Beltran @ 7 minutes 25 seconds
  6. Richard Virenque @ 8 minutes 28 seconds

After a transition stage came stage 14, the stage which was to be a reminder of Tours past with its ascent of the Allos, Vars and Izoard, the first of 3 days in the Alps. One would have expected fireworks from those who knew they couldn't wait for the time trial to gain time. Again the Kelme team unleashed a storm of aggression and were rewarded with a solo stage win by Santiago Botero. The upper echelons of the General Classification remained unchanged.

When reviewing the final 2 Alpine stages, one can't help but think of that famous advice from Machiavelli's The Prince: "And let it be here noted that men are either to be kindly treated or utterly crushed, since they can revenge lighter injuries, but not graver." This has often been paraphrased as "Never do an enemy a small harm." Pantani had been stewing over Armstrong's post-Ventoux comments. Armstrong's needless tail-twisting had deeply angered the Italian, who had been contemplating revenge.

Stage 15, from Briançon over the Galibier and the Madeleine with a hilltop finish at Courchevel was a climber's dream. Since the early kilometers on the Galibier there had been another Kelme-inspired break. The chasing peloton stayed together until the ride up to Courchevel. Pantani attacked early in the final ascent and only Armstrong could go with him. Then Pantani went again and Armstrong couldn't resist. Pantani went off up the road seeking the early breakaways. He caught them all and soloed in for a victory that could not be considered any sort of gift. Pantani made it clear that for him the win was a sort of revenge against Armstrong. Armstrong, who came in 50 seconds after Pantani ended up benefiting from the Pirate's move as he distanced himself still further from Ullrich and Beloki.

Now came the second of the 2 rest days before the final day in the Alps. Stage 16, from Courchevel to Morzine, had 4 big mountains, the Saisies, Aravis, Colombière and the Joux-Plane. Armstrong wrote that he expected this day to be the scene of certain war between Pantani and himself. War he may have expected, but he probably didn't count on the mutually assured self-destruction that ensued. On the Saisies, with over 120 kilometers of hard Alpine racing to go, Pantani exploded off the front. In a flash he was gone and the Postal team had no choice but to chase. Eventually Pantani made common cause with Escartin and a teammate of Virenque's, Pascal Hervé. The trio still had a lead when they went over the Colombière but by they time they had finished the descent the Postal-led peloton had caught them. It looked like Pantani's second day of trying to punish Armstrong had failed. On the Joux-Plane Pantani faded and lost contact with the Armstrong group. But the hours of relentless chasing had taken their toll on the others. The front of the peloton had come down to just 4 riders, Ullrich, Armstrong, Virenque and Roberto Heras. Armstrong had felt so good during the chase that he rolled right through the feed zone and didn't pick up any food; a failing he later called, "a feeble mistake, an unthinkable one for a professional."

On the climb, with 20 kilometers to go, Armstrong couldn't keep up with the others. 10 kilometers from the summit he bonked. For the second year in a row (see stage 15, 1999) Armstrong had not eaten enough and found himself in trouble. Seeing the opportunity, Ullrich started to pound up the hill for all he was worth. Armstrong, through an enormous effort of will, got himself up the final kilometers of the Joux-Plane and then hurtled down the other side of the mountain into Morzine. Because Ullrich had not come to the Tour with the body that had won the Tour in 1997, he couldn't capitalize on Armstrong's embarrassing failure to eat. Virenque won the stage but Armstrong lost only a minute and a half to Ullrich. Like Poulidor, Ullrich's career is strewn with these moments that could have been used to create a Tour victory. Armstrong was blessed in the quality of his competition. Pantani spent the evening suffering from terrible gastric problems and retired from the Tour the next day. Armstrong was deeply resentful of Pantani's kamikaze attack, but perhaps if the Italian had not been suffering from stomach problems he might have succeeded in winning the stage. In any case, he fulfilled, beyond his wildest dreams, his desire to "blow the stage up". Armstrong said that those agonizing minutes on the Joux-Plane were the worst in his cycling career.

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong had a solid lead and had only the final time trial to worry about. Starting in Fribourg en Brisgau, Germany, and finishing in Mulhouse, France, Ullrich had the home-court advantage in the 2000 Tour's only long individual time trial. Armstrong, with a solid 5 minute, 37 second lead, didn't have to worry about losing the Tour to Ullrich unless misfortune struck. This is always a possibility in a time trial where the rider is going all-out. Over the first 10 kilometers, Ullrich was able to stay even with Armstrong, who started last, 3 minutes after the German. Then, after getting approval from Bruyneel, Armstrong upped the tempo and slowly forged a lead as he passed the crowds lining the road estimated at 1 million strong. At the end, Armstrong had gained his only stage win of the 2000 Tour, beating Ullrich by 25 seconds. It was the second fastest time trial in Tour history at 53.98 kilometers an hour, just off the 1989 mark of 54.545 set by Lemond. Winning the stage was terribly important to Armstrong who didn't want to take the ultimate victory by winning, as the Italians say, a la Balmamion.

The strength of the Postal team was made very clear when they were the only team to finish the Tour complete. None of the Postal riders had to abandon.

There was another race going on, the race for the Points Leader's Green Jersey. Telekom's Erik Zabel took his fifth Maillot Vert.

Final 2000 Tour de France General Classification:

  1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal): 92 hours 33 minutes 8 seconds
  2. Jan Ullrich (Telekom) @ 6 minutes 2 seconds
  3. Joseba Beloki (Festina) @ 10 minutes 4 seconds
  4. Christophe Moreau (Festina) @ 10 minutes 34 seconds
  5. Roberto Heras (Kelme) @ 11 minutes 50 seconds
  6. Richard Virenque (Polti) @ 13 minutes 26 seconds

Climbers' competition:

  1. Santiago Botero: 347 points
  2. Javier Otxoa: 283 points
  3. Richard Virenque: 267 points

Points competition:

  1. Erik Zabel: 321 points
  2. Robbie McEwen: 203 points
  3. Romans Vainsteins: 184 points

Video of stage 12 to Mont Ventoux, the duel between Marco Pantani and Lance Armstrong