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How the chips fell atop Mont Ventoux

Updated: July 25, 2009, 10:26 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

Back in October, when this year's Tour de France route was unveiled, everyone knew the podium race would be set at the top of Mont Ventoux.

Stage 20 finally arrived Saturday, and while I don't want to say it was anticlimactic, the famed mountain's characteristics might have prevented the riders from doing what they normally would do on other climbs in the Tour.

Let's take a look:

Tactics, wind and Lance The goal for Saxo Bank was not to win the stage ...

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