Italian rider Marco Pantani won at Alpe d'Huez for the second time when he took the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.
Pantani, who won a stage at the same Alpine finish in 1995 and missed last year's Tour through injury, climbed impressively and dropped rivals along the arduous final ascent to come in 47 seconds ahead of yellow jersey holder Jan Ullrich.
British cyclist Chris Boardman was forced to withdraw through injury after his fall earlier in the week.
Saturday's 13th stage of the Tour de France was the 203.5 kilometres from St Etienne to Alpe d'Huez.
But one of those not completing the stage was the British rider Chris Boardman.
He's struggled over the past few days with neck and back injuries sustained in a crash during Monday's first stage in the Pyrenees.
Boardman thought he would be able to reach Paris, but with several hard days in the Alps ahead, he decided to pull out after 54 kilometres of Saturday's stage.
The other riders took it fairly easy for the first part of the stage, knowing that the killing climb into the Alps lay ahead.
After 72 kilometres, Nicola Loda of Italy (no. 46) and Lauri Aus of Estonia (no. 133) broke away from the field and opened up a 5 minute gap.
The other riders were prepared to bide their time, however, slowly whittling away the lead as they entered Grenoble.
The overall leader, Jan Ullrich of Germany, is not a mountain specialist and he was not looking forward to the 1,860 metres climb into the Alps, which was the culmination of Saturday's 13th stage.
Between the end of the flat stretch and the finishing line lay 21 hairpin bends - where the climbers come into their own.
Bjarne Riis of Denmark (no. 1) and Francesco Casagrande of Italy (no. 113) made the first move, but it was Pantani who showed all of them how to take on the steep climb.
Ullrich demonstrated his remarkable strength though, as he managed to stay in touch with the Italian.
So victory for Pantani, who was third overall in 1994, and he now leaps over the defending champion Riis and Spain's Abraham Olano into third place overall.
Ullrich's second place means he has increased his overall lead over Frenchman Richard Virenque, who was third one minute 27 seconds behind Pantani, to six minutes 22 seconds.