Lance Armstrong avoids the fallen
It's not, by any stretch of the imagination the most technically wonderful
image we've ever published, but this AFP photo of Lance Armstrong avoiding
a fallen Joseba Beloki captured the most dramatic moment of a drama-filled
2003 Tour de France.
Nobody, least of all Armstrong, knew that Beloki had sustained a broken
hip in this fall during stage 9, taking him out of a Tour in which he
looked like a serious threat to Armstrong's dominance.
Both runner-up images feature the rider who gace us so many great memories
in 2003: Tyler Hamilton. The first shows Hamilton powering away from the
field in stage 16 despite the pain from his broken collar bone, while
the second again has Hamilton displaying mind over matter as he approaches
Luz Ardiden in stage 15. Two images that capture sheer grinta!