July 21, 2005: High intensity and fatigue

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A very tough stage in the Massif Centrale with numerous unclassified climbs and quite a few classified climbs, plus the leg sapping climb to the finish where Marcos Serrano won the stage. Due to this stage coming after the Pyrenees and the Alps it was always likely to favour a small breakaway group. The constant ups and downs of the road make this type of stage difficult for the riders, especially when they are fatigued.

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