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TIES THAT BIND
LUZ ARDIDEN 2003
Photograph by Rob Cummings
This photograph is perhaps the most important image on this website.
In these moments, long before we knew each other, we each noticed Chechu Rubiera for the first time, and new fans were born.
It was 21 July 2003, and on stage 15 of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong fell on the final climb to Luz Ardiden.
Chechu signalled to Armstrong, “It’s OK, calm yourself.”. He waited for his leader to take his wheel and pace him back to the lead group. And Lance won the stage. It was one of the most exciting sporting moments.
Lance was unbelievable that day, but without Chechu Rubiera being there at the right moment to do his job, the final result might have been very different.
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Photo Credits: Masthead: Liz Kreutz, 2006. Left column from top: ThePaceline.com (source), chechurubiera.es.vg (source), Fotoreporter Sirotti 2001, Casey Gibson 2005. Right column from top: Graham Watson, Fotoreporter Sirotti, Liz Kreutz and Christine Kahane, cyclingnews.com (source)