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Stage 20: Saturday, July 22
254.5-kilometers -- the longest course of the Tour, but with just three minor climbs -- from Belfort west to Troyes

Erik Zabel
Deutsche Telekom

Race Leader
Lance Armstrong
United States
U.S. Postal

Erik Zabel of Germany outpedaled a field of fellow sprinters to win the penultimate stage, a contest otherwise low on drama or tension because of the unassailable lead held by defending champion Lance Armstrong. With his arms raised in jubilation, Zabel crossed the finish line mere milliseconds ahead of more than a dozen pursuers. To Zabel's left, Robbie McEwen of Australia hung his head in exhaustion, while to his right Jeroen Blijlevens of Holland banged his fist angrily against his handlebars.

Results | Description

Stage 20 Results
Rk.  Cyclist  Country  Team  Time 
1.  Erik Zabel  Germany  Deutsche Telekom  6:14:13. 
2.  Robbie McEwen  Australia  Farm Frites  same. 
3.  Jeroen Blijlevens  Holland  Polti  same. 
4.  Romans Vainsteins  Latvia  Vini Caldirola  same. 
5.  Max Heeswijk  Holland  Mapei  same. 
6.  Massimiliano Mri  Italy  Saeco  same. 
7.  Arvis Piziks  Latvia  Memory Card Technology  same. 
8.  Emmanuel Magnien  France  Francais Des Jeux  same. 
9.  George Hincapie  United States  U.S. Postal  same. 
10.  Christophe Mengin  France  Francais Des Jeux  same. 
11.  Jacky Durand  France  Lotto  same. 
12.  Nico Mattan  Belgium  Cofidis  same. 
13.  Pascal Chanteur  France  AG2R  same. 
14.  Frederic Guesdon  France  Francais Des Jeux  same. 
15.  Fred Rodriguez  United States  Mapei  same. 
18.  Richard Verinque  France  Polti  same. 
19.  Christophe Moreau  France  Festina  same. 
20.  Erik Dekker  Holland  Rabobank  same. 
24.  Jan Ullrich  Germany  Deutsche Telekom  same. 
27.  Lance Armstrong  U.S.  U.S. Postal  same. 
37.  Joseba Beloki  Spain  Festina  same. 
38.  Francois Simon  France  Bonjour  same. 
55.  Roberto Heras  Spain  Kelme  same. 
72.  Santiago Botero  Colombia  Kelme  same. 
89.  Tyler Hamilton  United States  U.S. Postal  same. 
93.  David Milar  Britain  Cofidis  same. 
Overall Standings after Stage 20
Rk.  Cyclist  Country  Team  Time 
1.  Armstrong  U.S.  U.S. Postal  89:20:32 seconds. 
2.  Ullrich  Germany  Deutsche Telekom  6:02 behind. 
3.  Beloki  Spain  Festina  10:04 behind. 
4.  Moreau  France  Festina  10:34 behind. 
5.  Heras  Spain  Kelme  11:50 behind. 
6.  Virenque  France  Polti  13:26 behind. 
7.  Botero  Colombia  Kelme  14:18 behind. 
8.  Fernando Escartin  Spain  Kelme  17:21 behind. 
9.  Francisco Mancebo  Spain  Banesto  18:09 behind. 
10.  Danielle Nardello  Italy  Mapei  18:25 behind. 

Stage 20 description:

Belfort  Troyes
(Societe du Tour de France) (Societe du Tour de France)

Known for Bartholdi's Lion, Belfort is a town blessed with rich architecture: the Castle, the Citadel, Granit Theater, fortifications dating back to Vauban. A museum of modern art was recently opened, with works by Picasso, Braque, Chagal, Fernand Léger. Many hi-tech companies make their home in Belfort, such as Alsthom, whose TGV is made there.

The Tour previously came to Troyes in 1939 and 1987. Troyes has decided to make Y2K the year of the bicycle, with numerous events, including the penultimate stage of the Tour. Marcel Bidot and Pascal Simon, two former cycling standouts, were from Troyes.

Km 109.5 - Côte of Chagnon : 2.4 km climb at 4.3 % - Level 4
Km 157.5 - Côte of Chaumont : 1.7 km climb at 3.6 % - Level 4
Km 170 - Côte of Alun : 2.1 km climb at 4.7 % - Level 4

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