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Stage 12: The Climb to La Mongie

The pack, or peloton, rides through the Pyrenees mountains during the 12th stage. (AFP)
Spaniard Roberto Heras rides in the pack during the 12th stage. (AFP)
Jan Ullrich of Germany, in pink, puts on his rain gear during the 12th stage of the Tour de France. (AP)
Danish rider Mickael Rasmussen led the climb on the 12th stage’s first major ascent, on the Col d’Aspin. (AFP)
Lance Armstrong, left, and Jan Ullrich, third rider from left in pink, strain on the ascent of the Col d’Aspin. (AP)
Tyler Hamilton during the exhausting 12th stage of the 91st Tour de France. (AFP)
Frenchman Christophe Moreau shows the pain of the final climb to La Mongie, on the Col du Tourmalet . (AFP)
Lance Armstrong ahead of the eventual stage winner, Ivan Basso, and his teammate Carlos Sastre. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)
Lance Armstrong, right, with Italian Ivan Basso of Team CSC during the 12th stage of the Tour de France. (EPA)
Italian Ivan Basso celebrates as he crosses the finish line in front of American Lance Armstrong at the end of the 12th stage from Castelsarrasin to La Mongie. (AFP)
American Tyler Hamilton comes to a stop after crossing the finish line of Stage 12. Slowed by a back injury suffered in a crash several days ago, Hamilton lost time to Lance Armstrong in the battle for the yellow jersey. (Robert Laberge / Getty Images)
Composite picture of German Jan Ullrich grimacing as he sprinted toward the finish line during the 12th stage of the Tour de France. (EPA)
Thomas Voeckler of France leaves the podium after receiving the overall race leader’s yellow jersey, which he has held since Stage 5. (EPA)