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Last Updated: Friday, 25 July 2003, 12:53 GMT 13:53 UK
Tour de France stage 18 photos

Lance Armstrong and Robin Williams

Overall leader Lance Armstrong poses with his friend, the Hollywood movie star Robin Williams, before the start of stage 18

Overall leader Lance Armstrong holds a basket of oranges with a group of press reporters

Armstrong receives a box of oranges from the press photographers for being the nicest rider on the Tour

Frenchman Stephane Goubert breaks away from the pack

France's Stephane Goubert briefly takes the lead as the stage between Bordeaux to Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole gets going

Australian Bradley McGee  breaks away from the pack

Sprint specialist Bradley McGee makes a break from the peloton as the lead changes hands frequently in the early stages

The pack crosses the Dordogne river in Cubzac-les-Ponts, outside Bordeaux

The pack makes steady progress as they pass across the Dordogne river in Cubzac-les-Ponts, outside Bordeaux

Two people on horseback ride alongside the peloton

Two riders on horseback canter alongside the peloton as a breakaway group of 16 riders stretch out in front

German Jan Ullrich and Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov ride alongside each other

Armstrong's main rivals Germany's Jan Ullrich and Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov share as joke as they ride in the peloton

Lance Armstrong gestures as he rides, closely followed by Jan Ullrich of Germany

Ullrich moves up to sit just behind Armstrong in the main peloton as the breakaway riders open up a gap of 22 minutes

Pablo Lastras of Spain, right, and France's Carlos Da Cruz, left, race ahead of Daniele Nardello of Italy

The lead group fragments into a three-way sprint for the line contested by Carlos Da Cruz, Daniele Nardello and Pablo Lastras

Spain's Pablo Lastras wins stage 18

Spain's Pablo Lastras of the team takes the glory as he crosses the line just ahead of Carlos Da Cruz

Lance Armstrong puts the yellow jersey on

Ullrich only gains two seconds on Armstrong, so the Texan again retains the yellow jersey with only two stages remaining

Australian Robbie McEwen celebrates on the podium after winning the green jersey

Robbie McEwen finishes ahead of fellow Australian Baden Cooke to take over the ownership of the green jersey for best sprinter




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