Some pictures I took last month during the TdF05, stage 14 on July 16.
It was on the "col de Pailhères" climb between Mijanes and the summit. The stage was 220 km long. I was at about km 185, midway to the summit so at approx 1,500 m altitude. The "col" itself is rated "hors catégorie", its 8.4% over 10.4 km.
It was a very hot day, 35C. The peloton has exploded earlier. Totschnig was leading. A few others were not far behind. Lance was doing good.
I asked Lance to raise his head for the picture ... Check Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso looking behind his shoulder.
Check his calf.