July 21, 2003
Lance Armstrong recovered from a fall on the final climb of the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Monday to seize back control of the race.
The American, bidding for his fifth successive Tour victory, appeared to clip a spectator as he duelled with German rival Jan Ullrich.
He quickly got back on his bike as the peloton waited for him, as tradition demands. But shortly afterwards his foot slipped out of his pedal, almost bringing him down again.
Many believed the Texan was no longer the force of old, but his reaction to his fall proved his courage is without question.
Armstrong, who held a 15-second advantage over Ullrich before the stage, attacked immediately after his mishaps, leaving the German trailing as he headed for the finish at Luz-Ardiden.