After two torrid days in the Pyrenees, Lance Armstrong (search) and other top riders caught their breath Sunday, letting Aitor Gonzalez (search) of Spain win the flat 14th stage.

Gonzalez was among 10 riders who were so far down in the overall standings that the main pack, which included Armstrong, did not chase the small group that surged ahead with about 50 miles left.

The stage win was Gonzalez's first in three Tours. The main pack was many minutes back, still riding when the Spaniard crossed the line in Nimes.