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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 July 2003, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
Tour de France stage 16 photos

The pack set off on the 16th Stage of the Tour de France

The pack head off from Pau on the 197.5km trek to Bayonne which sees the final mountain climbs of this year's race

The peloton ride through the streets of Pau in the early part of the stage

The early kilometres of the stage wind through the streets of Pau and the peloton remain bunched together in the city

Lance Armstrong rides in the middle of the peloton

Overall leader Lance Armstrong stays safely in the peloton, keeping an eye on his two nearest rivals for the yellow jersey

Tyler Hamilton breaks away on his own

Tyler Hamilton, riding with a fractured collarbone suffered on stage one, breaks away alone and earns a three-minute lead

A spectator dressed as a musketeer watches the peloton pass by

A spectator dressed as a musketeer enters into the spirit of things on this centenary Tour whilst the peloton whizz by

The peloton hits the fog

The peloton battles through foggy conditions as they wind through the Pyrenees between Pau and Bayonne

Tyler Hamilton is wincing with pain and effort but he is almost matching the peloton

Hamilton winces with pain and effort on the final climb as he attempts to stay away from the pack in the final few kilometres

Tyler Hamilton raises his arms as he crosses the finish line to win stage 16

But Hamilton holds on to cross the line first to win his first ever Tour de France stage by one minute 55 seconds

Erik Zabel leads the peloton

Erik Zabel (second left) leads the peloton for much of the way and eventually wins the sprint for second place

Richard Virenque holds the king of the mountains jersey

Another impressive display in the mountains ensures that Richard Virenque holds on to the polka dot jersey

Lance Armstrong congratulates Tyler Hamilton

Lance Armstrong retains the yellow jersey as stage 16 winner Tyler Hamilton moves into sixth place overall after his win




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