Before the storm.
'Time to flex our muscles today.'
photo Bryn Lennon
Today's stage was in epic conditions that included some legendary rides...
Sep VanMarcke, 30th 12'38"
Bauke Mollema, 19th 7'44"
Louis Meintjes, recovering from a crash 5th 4"38"
The Green Bullet leads the favorites over the finish line.
Marco Pantani on his way for the win, 1998 Tour de France - Plateau de Beille.