2004 STAGE 13 / Plateau de Beille, France: German rider Jan Ullrich (Team T-Mobile) attempts to catch Lance Armstrong and Ivan Basso on Plateau de Beille on July 17, 2004. // Covering the Tour de France was an extraordinary adventure we will never forget. For 21 days, we had one mission: take great pictures. Upon arrival we were given course books containing maps and timetables, and then we were on our own. We worked 12+ hour days, often sacrificing sleep and meals for the sake of the chase. But we were ecstatic. We were no longer watching it on TV, we were now a part of the race.