Tour de France Results at a Glance
Posted: Sunday July 25, 1999 02:57 PM
Stage 19: With his stage victory, Lance Armstrong won all three time trials of the Tour. He clocked a time of one hour, eight minutes, 26 seconds, over the 57-kilometer course, nine seconds ahead of Switzerland's Alex Zulle.
Stage 18: The stage was won by Italy's Gianpaolo Mondini, and Lance Armstrong stayed safely in the pack. The American came in 31st and didn't lose a second of his 6-minute, 15-second lead.
Stage 17: Lance Armstrong came in 51st in a stage won by Belgium's Tom Steels. The 27-year-old Texan crossed the finish line with much of the pack, retaining his overall lead of 6 minutes, 15 seconds.
Stage 16: Lance Armstrong moved a big step toward a Tour de France victory, finishing the last climbing stage with his commanding lead intact. The day's stage was won by Spain's David Etxebarria, in his second Tour stage victory this year.
Stage 15: Spaniard Fernando Escartin sustained an audacious early breakaway to win the 15th stage of the Tour de France through the Pyrenees Mountains, and reduced American Lance Armstrong's lead by more than a minute.
Stage 14: Russia's Dimitri Konyshev won the 14th stage of the Tour de France that took the riders to the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. The top three were among a group of six that broke away early in the race and were never caught.
Stage 13: Italy's Salvatore Commesso charged to victory in Saturday's 13th -- and longest -- stage, while two of Commesso's countrymen placed second and third. Lance Armstrong, who retained his overall leader's yellow jersey and a seven minute, 44 second lead
Stage 12: Spain's David Etxebarria won the stage, with Lance Armstrong still holding the overall lead. Armstrong stayed tucked in the front of the pack with his U.S. Postal Service teammates. He and the rest of the pack were 12 minutes, 35 seconds behind the winner. Giro winner Ivan Gotti, who was 23rd overall, quit the race due to exhaustion.
Stage 11: Belgian champion Ludo Dierckxsens won on a day when the leading contenders sat back to recover from their mountain exploits. The results had little effect on the overall standings, because Dierckxsens was 77th overall going into the stage -- one hour, 14 minutes and 33 seconds behind the race leader, Lance Armstrong, who easily retained his yellow jersey.
Stage 10: Italy's Giuseppe Guerini survived a last-minute collision with a photo-snapping spectator to win, while Lance Armstrong widened his overall lead. On the race's second day in the Alps, Guerini held a narrow lead with just over a kilometer left when he crashed into the over-enthusiastic fan, who was standing in the middle of the road.
Stage 9: Lance Armstrong took a huge step toward overall victory by surging ahead of his rivals on the tough first mountain stage, keeping a firm hold on first place. With about 10 kilometers left, the American left the leading pack of seven riders with a decisive sprint. No one was able to catch him.
Stage 8: American Lance Armstrong won a crucial time trial and recaptured the leader's yellow jersey. The Texan powered his way through a 56.5-kilometer course around the eastern city of Metz. American Bobby Julich crashed and will be out for a month with a fractured elbow and ribs.
Stage 7: Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini became the first rider since 1930 to win four consecutive Tour de France stages, edging out Stuart O'Grady in a furious race for the finish line.
Stage 6: Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini became the first rider since 1948 to win three straight stages when he won the sixth stage. Belgian Tom Steels was originally awarded the stage, but he was disqualified for rough tactics.
Stage 5: In a virtual repeat of his feat a day earlier, Mario Cipollini surged to a fast and furious finish in the fifth stage of the Tour de France, winning his second consecutive stage. Jaan Kirsipuu held on to the leader's yellow jersey.
Stage 4: In the fastest stage in the history of the Tour de France, Italian Mario Cipollini surged past Germany's Erik Zabel in a photo finish. Aided by a tailwind, cool weather conditions, a relatively straight course and wide, flat roads, the stage had a record speed of 50.355 kilometers (31.290 miles) per hour.
Stage 3: The stage began with an early breakaway and ended in a furious, shoulder-to-shoulder sprint. For the second day in a row, Belgian Tom Steels won the stage, timing his attack perfectly and surging through his rivals across the finish line, arms outstretched. Jaan Kirsipuu of Estonia managed to keep the winner's yellow jersey.
Stage 2: A 10-rider crash on Passage du Gois, narrow spit of land, ensnared some of the top riders during the second stage of cycling's premier event. The day's racing began under brilliant skies, with the 109-mile stage won in a final sprint by Tom Steels of Belgium. Lance Armstrong of Texas lost the overall lead to Estonia's Jaan Kirispuu.
Stage 1: On rain-slicked country roads, Jaan Kirsipuu of Estonia won a final sprint by the pack to win the first stage of the Tour de France, edging out Tom Steels of Belgium and Erik Zabel of Germany. The overall leader remained American Lance Armstrong.
Prologue: American Lance Armstrong, the two-time Olympic cyclist who recently overcame testicular cancer returned in top form to win the prologue of the Tour de France. Riding for the U.S. Postal Service team, Armstrong won the 6.8-kilometer (4 and 1/4 mile) time trial in 8 minutes, 02.5 seconds, seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher, Alex Zulle of Banesto.
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