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July 21, 2003

Armstrong taken down, but rides away...

Lance Armstrong showed he's still as fast as anybody in the race today, after being inadvertently hooked by a spectator on the climb to Luz Ardiden.

USPS rider José Luis (Chechu) Rubiera paced Armstrong back to the select group, then Armstrong just rode away from Ullrich, Mayo, Zubeldia, Hamiltong, and everybody else.

Congrats to Neil Chapman who was clearly playing along with our home game, when he posted in a comment here on the site:

Its alarming to watch spectators all but shaking hands with the cyclists. The obvious question would be: what if say a rider conspires with a friend to step out and knock Lance Armstrong off has bike, not in an obvious way but "accidently effective" enough to knock Lance out of the stage or maybe even the competition? Would the referees equalize the issue or would it be just tough luck for Armstrong?

Posted by Frank Steele on July 21, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink


What has happened to "the Devil" on this
year's tour?

Posted by: Sonia Lane at Jul 25, 2003 7:50:40 AM

He's been around. He's got a special trident to commemorate the 100 years of the Tour, and he's set up a few elaborate tableaux. Check the gallery below for my favorite:

Click through to VeloNews gallery

Posted by: Frank Steele at Jul 25, 2003 2:26:11 PM