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June 12, 2003, Stage 4: Vienne to Morzine, 237km
Iban Mayo, a media-shy but daring bike racer from the Basque Country, is taking the race to Lance Armstrong. The two have already traded blows with Mayo taking the race lead after winning the prologue only to lose it in the stage 3 time trial (33.4km) when Armstrong put nearly 1:30 into him. On the Col de la Ramaz (photo), a climb that just weeks later will feature in the centenary Tour de France for the first time in over 40 years, a swashbuckling Mayo is determined to test Armstrong. The peloton has exploded on the climb and the pair will catch Francisco Mancebo on the descent to Morzine. Mayo wins the three-man sprint for his second stage victory of the race. He trails Armstrong by 1:15 in the overall but is already thinking about the Galibier Pass two days away...