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Last Updated: Monday, 21 July 2003, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Tour de France stage 15 photos

Lance Armstrong poses for photographers before stage 15

Tour leader Lance Armstrong begins the 159.5km stage hoping to retain the yellow jersey

French team AG2R observe a minute's silence in memory of team-mate Lauri Aus, who died in an accident during training on Sunday

Riders observe a minute's silence in memory of Estonian cyclist Lauri Aus, who died in an accident on Sunday

Riders on the 15th stage of the Tour de France

A group of 15 riders make an early break from the peloton but are quickly caught

Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov chats to Frenchman Christophe Moreau while Jan Ullrich stays focussed

Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov (left), in third place overall, shadows second-placed Jan Ullrich (right)

Colombian Santiago Botero leads France's Sylvain Chavanel

Colombian Santiago Botero leads France's Sylvain Chavanel as the pair establish a nine-minute lead over the peloton

Giro D'Italia winner Gilberto Simoni

Stage 14 winner Gilberto Simoni is unable to make an impression on the leaders during stage 15

Lance Armstrong and Iban Mayo lie on the road while Jan Ullrich veers away from trouble

Armstrong's bike catches a spectator's bag, sending the American tumbling, while rival Ullrich narrowly escapes

Armstrong and Mayo quickly picks themselves up

Armstrong and Spanish rider Iban Mayo, who also fell, pick themselves up and quickly remount to get back into the race

Armstrong heads for the finish line in the lead

Armstrong digs deep to produce an incredible fightback, overtaking Ullrich and heading for a stage win

Armstrong crosses the line to win stage 15

The American crosses the finish line to win the stage and boost his chances of a fifth Tour title

Jan Ullrich finishes the stage

An exhausted Ullrich crosses the finish line 40 seconds later in a thrilling end to the crucial stage

Armstrong celebrates on the podium

Armstrong answers his critics, retaining the yellow jersey and extending his overall lead to over a minute




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