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    Thumbs up Lance Armstrong wins seventh consecutive and last Tour de France

    Lance Armstrong wins seventh consecutive and last Tour de France

    JOHN LEICESTER 51 minutes ago



    PARIS (AP) - For one last time, the Star Spangled Banner rang out over the Champs-Elysees in honour of Lance Armstrong, the cancer survivor who finished his amazing career with a seventh consecutive victory Sunday in the Tour de France.

    On the winner's podium set against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe, the Tour's record-setting champion held his yellow cap over his heart as the American anthem played.

    His three children joined him on the podium. His twin daughters, Grace and Isabelle, wore yellow dresses - the colour of the race leader's jersey that Armstrong slipped into one last time.

    "Vive le Tour, forever," he said.

    But Armstrong also delivered a parting shot at "the cynics" who suspect that doping is rife in cycling and fueled his dominance of the past seven years.

    "I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles," he said.

    Armstrong looked gaunt, his cheeks hollow, after riding 3,593 kilometres across France and its mountains over the past three weeks. He said U.S. President George W. Bush called to congratulate him.

    Because of wet conditions, race organizers stopped the clock as Armstrong and the main pack entered central Paris. Although riders were still racing, with eight circuits of the Champs-Elysees to complete, organizers said then that Armstrong had officially won.

    Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan eventually won the final stage, with Armstrong finishing safely in the pack. He won the Tour by four minutes 40 seconds over his closest challenger, Ivan Basso of Italy, who improved on his third-place finish last year.

    Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner who was the rival Armstrong said he feared most, was third, 6:21 back.

    Armstrong praised the two riders - who could fight to succeed him next year.

    "To end a career with this podium is really a dream podium," Armstrong said.

    "This is the way he wanted to finish his career, so it's very emotional," said his rockstar girlfriend Sheryl Crow.

    The stage started as it has done for the past six years - with Armstrong celebrating in the yellow jersey.

    One hand on his handlebars, the other holding a flute of champagne, the 33-year-old Texan toasted his teammates as he pedalled into Paris to collect his crown. He held up seven fingers - one for each win - and a piece of paper with the number 7 on it.

    His sixth win last year already set a record, putting Armstrong ahead of four other riders. Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgian Eddy Merckx and Spaniard Miguel Indurain all won five Tours.

    Armstrong's new record of seven wins confirmed him as one of the greatest cyclists ever, and capped a career where he came back from cancer diagnosed in 1996 to dominate the sport's most prestigious and taxing race.



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    He's the man!
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    I really enjoyed watching the tour this year. Congratulations to Lance and the Discovery Team.
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    He´s strong enough to win again, but he´s graceful enough to step off into the history books. It´ll be a long time before anybody else can win 7 tours, let alone 8.
    "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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    "Vive Le Lance"

    Congratulations, Lance, and the Discovery team. This years Tour was really fun to watch. Especially the time trial in stage 20 won by Lance. His story is truly remarkable.

    It especially gave me warm, fuzzy feelings today to hear Lance had arranged for Ivan Basso's Mother, who was diagnosed with cancer, to have the best treatment possible. Unfortunately, she lost her battle. But, what a guy. I hope he continues to do great things with his celebrity.

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    Susan I was not aware of that what a nice story. From everything I've seen and read about him he seems to be very compassionate person and thinks about others more often than himself. What a great role model.
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    Cool

    Congrats to Lance and Team Discovery

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    This Lance is something of his own. I guess he is and must have been the greatest sports athlete of all times. And I don’t think there are any harder sports than this. There are approx. 3000 pros around the world competition in this sport, and the best thing is to win the tour. And he has done it seven times! And that is also after having cancer! I just bow for him.



    I’m also looking forward for Sheryl Crow’s new album “Wildflower” due to be released September 27th. I believe the title track is written for Lance.

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    His girlfriend is Cheryl Crow. . . . .hubba hubba~~

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    hubba hubba~~
    hubba hubba, that's right, and now she will take over for the bikes

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