www.letour.com detailed the account of Armstrong's tumble today:
"...The excitement generated by the race's arrival prompted a child, watching from the side of the road, to throw his arms forward. A bag he carried caught the right of Armstrong's bars and the rider in the Yellow Jersey went tumbling down. ...Riding on the wings of angels as Armstrong so clearly does, He wasn't hurt in the fall."
Later when asked about what happened, Armstrong said that he was partly responsible for riding so close to the spectators.
Contrast this with the 1992 TDF when Andy Hampsten made his epic ride up Le Alpe d'Huez to solo victory, and a young boy caught up in the excitment of the race tried to reach out to touch Andy on the rear as he went by and Andy punched out at the child, knocking him away.
We have been treated to a host of scenes of true sportsmanship by riders that display true strength and breadth of character in this Tour. I've watched a bunch of Tours, seen videos of races over and over, and can't remember anything like this Tour. Hamilton's courage, Ullrich's sportsmanship, and the very large personality and heart of this Lance Armstrong.
I really think this should be called the Tour that had no losers.