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Last Updated: Monday, 14 July 2003, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
Tour de France stage nine photos

The peloton begins to climb

The peloton begins climbing on stage nine, a 184.5km stage between Bourg d'Oisans and Gap

Lance Armstrong, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides in the middle of the peloton

Overall leader Lance Armstrong rides safely in the middle of the peloton as he aims to protect the yellow jersey

The peloton climb as they travel along the Lautaret pass

The peloton remain bunched along the Lautaret pass as no-one seems prepared to attempt a decisive break

The peloton got through a tunnel through a mountain

The route takes the riders via a tunnel through the mountain on the way to the day's biggest climb, the Col d'Izoard

Richard Virenque, wearing the polka dot jersey, rides ahead of Alexandre Vinokourov

Richard Virenque is amongst a small group who try a tentative early attack but they are soon swallowed up by the peloton

ONCE's Joseba Beloki and Jan Ullrich of Team Bianchi ride side-by-side

ONCE's Joseba Beloki and Jan Ullrich of Team Bianchi toil in the heat as they try and mount a challenge to Armstrong's lead

ONCE's Jorg Jaksche and Colombian Ivan Parra try and break away

ONCE's Jorg Jaksche and Colombian Ivan Parra are amongst a breakaway quartet but are caught by the peloton on the final climb

Lance Armstrong tries to avoid Joseba Beloki, who lies on the floor after falling when his tyre burst

Drama on the final descent as Lance Armstrong is forced to take evasive action when Beloki's tyre bursts and he falls heavily

Two ONCE riders stop to try and help their team-mate Joseba Beloki after his fall

Beloki's ONCE team-mates stop to try and help him before the Spaniard is taken away by ambulance, his Tour over

Team Telekom's Alexandre Vinokourov kisses his hands as he crosses the line to win stage nine

Team Telekom's Alexandre Vinokourov is already away ahead of the crash and holds on to finish 36 seconds ahead of the field

Lance Armstrong waves to the crowd after retaining his overall lead

Armstrong retains the yellow jersey but his overall lead is cut to 21 seconds by Vinokourov, who moves into second place




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