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July 23, 2003

Eurosport | Heroic Hamilton beats pain

The winner for the last four years was quick to pay tribute to the 30-year-old Hamilton.

"It's the greatest feat in this year's Tour," said Armstrong, who hugged his former team mate at the finish.

"It was incredible, incredibly difficult. I did not feel so good at the beginning," said Hamilton.

"All the credit goes to my team. In the beginning of the stage, the peloton split and I was in the second group.

"Five riders came to bring me back. I dedicate this victory to my team mates."

Hamilton's move on the foggy Bagarguy climb left other Tour contenders motionless.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 23, 2003 in Stage results | Permalink

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