July 26, 2003
The stage was won in 54:05 by Briton David Millar, who crashed but still was the fastest on a course made slippery by constant rain.
A crash also ruined Ullrich's hopes of overall victory. The German slid out of contention at a roundabout 15 km from the finish and lost his confidence, finishing 25 seconds behind Millar.
American Tyler Hamilton was second in the stage, nine seconds behind Millar, and Armstrong third, 14 seconds adrift.
At the point where Ullrich crashed, he was 6 or 7 seconds ahead of Armstrong on the road.
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