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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 July 2003, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Tour de France stage 14 photos

Lance Armstrong at the start of the race

Overall leader Lance Armstrong steadies himself at the start as he prepares to deal with the rigours of stage 14

Jan Ullrich in the middle of the peloton

1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich, in the centre, begins the day only 15 seconds behind Armstrong

Italy's Paolo Bettini, Michael Rogers and Daniele Nardello in action on the first climb of the stage

Italy's Paolo Bettini and his Quick Step team-mate Michael Rogers lead an early breakaway on the first climb of the stage

The pack reaches the summit of the Latrape pass

The pack enjoy the beautiful scenery at the summit of the Latrape pass but the leading group build a substantial lead

The pack rides down the Latrape pass

The peloton sweeps down the Latrape pass as they increase the pace in a bid to catch the breakaway riders

Jan Ullrich talks with Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov

Ullrich talks with Armstrong's other main rival for the title, Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov, as they stay in the peloton

Richard Virenque rides uphill

Richard Virenque tightens his grip of the king of the mountains jersey by winning four of the day's six climbs

Italy's Gilberto Simoni

Tour of Italy winner Gilberto Simoni is among the leaders as the race heads towards the last climb of the stage

Overall leader Lance Armstrong rides along with second-placed Jan Ullrich

Armstrong has to contend with the figure of Ullrich on his shoulder as they try to catch Vinokourov, who has surged ahead

Italy's Gilberto Simoni celebrates his win

Simoni holds off the challenge of Laurent Dufaux and Virenque to emerge victorious with a well-timed sprint finish

Lance Armstrong puts on the yellow jersey

Armstrong again retains the yellow jersey, but Ullrich and Vinokourov are within 18 seconds of the defending champion




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