Botero looks to Pyrenees

Phonak rider Santiago Botero heads into tomorrow's first Pyrenean stage sixth overall, 3 minutes and 48 seconds off the race lead. He showed his persistence on Stage 11, going clear early on with Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile), fighting back on each time after losing contact and then taking second at the finish in Briançon.

Botero knows that he'll need to be more consistent in the Pyrenees if he is to improve on the fourth place overall he achieved in 2002. The final time trial will however swing things his way, somewhat; the Colombian is a former World Time Trial Champion and he can certainly take time out of the specialised climbers. Even so, the three remaining mountain stages will be crucial.

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