July 21, 2003
“After the fall, I had a big, big rush of adrenaline,” Armstrong said after the race. He then told himself, “Lance if you want to win the Tour de France, do it today.”
Where just days ago Armstrong had appeared haggard and drained, on Monday he looked like the four-time champion of old. His win left Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner, 1 minute and 7 seconds back overall. Ullrich, grimacing as he neared the finish line, had started the day just 15 seconds behind.
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