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It was on the climb to Hautacam that Lance Armstrong set up his victory in the 2000 Tour de France, until being disqualified for doping. In appalling weather, the race arrived at the first mountain stage, with Javier Otxoa the only survivor from an early break. On the final climb, Armstrong went off alone into the wind and rain leaving his challengers struggling, pushing Jan Ullrich into second place by four minutes. Once Armstrong had taken the Maillot Jaune, he was never seriously challenged until the end of the race.
Starting from Argelès-Gazost (465 m.), the climb to Hautacam (1560 m.) is 15.8 km long. Over this distance, the climb is 1170 m. (an average of 6.8%), with some short sections at 10%. The 2008 Tour de France finish is at a height of 1520 m.