PAU, France — Dutchman Erik Breukink of the Panasonic team Monday won the first high-mountain stage of the Tour de France cycle race, and Charly Mottet of France reclaimed the overall lead.
Breukink, part of a four-man group that broke away on the last of three major climbs on the 136-mile 13th stage in the Pyrenees Mountains, moved ahead with less than a mile to go to win in 6 hours 19 minutes 57 seconds.
Frenchman Jean-Francois Bernard of the Toshiba-La Vie Claire team was second, five seconds behind. Colombians Pablo Wilches of Postobon and Luis Herrera of Cafe de Colombia followed at 10 seconds back.
Eric Van Lancker of Belgium led about a 30-man pack at 3:44 back that included Mottet, his Systeme U co-leader Laurent Fignon and Ireland's Stephen Roche of the Carrera team.