July 21, 2003
The American landed heavily on his left side, hurting his hip and elbow. He bravely got up to produce a spectacular finish to the stage, but he admitted he was worried about his injuries.
"I'm going to have to nurse my injuries from the crash," he said. "My hip is all locked up and I can barely walk so I'm going to have to put ice on it."
As Armstrong got into his team car, a mechanic showed him that his bike was also in a bad way with the chain stay, which runs between the central cranks and the rear gear mechanism, broken.