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May 15, 2006

Armstrong loses race up l'Alpe d'Huez: See Graham Watson photos

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Cycling photographer Graham Watson was AWOL from stage 6 through 8 of the Giro d'Italia last week. It's not unusual for him to shoot partial coverage of a longer stage race during the early season, when a spring classic might overlap with a stage or two, but it's pretty unusual in a Grand Tour.

Turns out, Watson was shooting a rolling birthday party on l'Alpe d'Huez, featuring 7-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong and honoring Livestrong Foundation board member and Austin venture capitalist Joe Aragona.

Watson's photo gallery is here: it's fascinating to see the mountain covered in spring flowers instead of screaming fans. If you've ever wondered what Jim Ochowicz rides, you may be surprised: He's on a Team Phonak BMC, while Aragona is on a Specialized, probably hoping to meet the Angel at the mountaintop.

Posted by Frank Steele on May 15, 2006 in Lance Armstrong, Photo galleries | Permalink

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