July 23, 2003
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.