Five years later since the old record was set by Jonathan Vaughters, a new chance of beating it came in the 4th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, a 21.5 km individual time trial up the feared Géant de Provence. The expected rivals of Lance Armstrong for the next month arrived, more than ever, in excellent shape, going full throttle all the race. So it wasn't a surprise when Tyler Hamilton broke by 34 seconds Vaughters's record. This record stood only for around 2 minutes, the great Basque climber, Iban Mayo managing to deliver a fabulous performance: 55:51!
2004:21,5 km@7,5%---55:51---average speed 23.10 km/h(Iban Mayo)-RECORD