Armstrong falls during Giro, gets back on bike

MOUNT VESUVIUS, Italy (AP) - Lance Armstrong fell midway through the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday but appeared to escape serious injury.

The 7-time Tour de France winner apparently touched the wheel of the rider in front of him as the main pack went around a hairpin curve on the scenic Amalfi coast. He hit the pavement on his left side - the opposite side from his crash in March when he broke his collarbone.

Armstrong got right back up, changed his rear wheel, and rejoined the main pack.

Armstrong is 12th overall in the Giro, 12 minutes, 17 seconds behind race leader Denis Menchov. The race ends Sunday.

After the March 23 crash in Spain, a stainless steel plate and 12 screws were inserted into Armstrong's right collarbone.

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