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    Tour de France -- Lance goes for five

    Incredible drama in the Tour de France today. If you get OLN on your cable/satellite and you like cycling, be sure to watch as it will be replayed several times today. (I am so glad my cat had to go to the vet today -- she's okay, just shots -- so I could watch it live)

    All I can say is that Lance Armstrong is the most incredible athlete and I'm changing my avatar to honor him. Amazing, amazing to fall like he did and still win the stage.

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    Many commentators were starting to doubt him this year as Ulrich was making a strong push. But to fall (stupid spectators) and still win the leg and increase his lead to a minute is amazing.
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    Lance is infriggincredible. Anyone that completes a Tour is insane, to win is just nuts and to be on the brink of five is Induraniancertifiable.

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    Not to mention winning the biggest race of all -- against cancer.

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    Lance Armstrong is my HERO!! I am rooting him all the way to FIVE!!
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    I heard that he looked really shell-shocked and wobbly after losing that individual time trial to Ullrich. It's amazing how he's been able to pull everything back together and extend his lead. His avoidance of that wreck earlier in the race was incredible, too. The man is just an unbelievable athlete.
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    Looks like it's pretty certain he's going to win. From Yahoo:

    Armstrong beats Ullrich on his way to fifth Tour win

    NANTES, France, July 26 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong tamed arch-rival Jan Ullrich in the decisive 49-km time trial on the penultimate day of the Tour de France on Saturday and was almost certain of winning a record-equalling fifth title.

    For the first time since his maiden Tour victory in 1999 after returning from a near-fatal cancer, the American did not win the last time trial of the Tour, but he beat 1997 champion Ullrich by 11 seconds.

    Overall, Armstrong leads his German opponent by 1:16 before Sunday's easy 152-km stage from Ville d'Avray to Paris and only a disaster could now stop him from becoming the fifth rider to win five Tours.

    The stage was won in 54:05 by Briton David Millar, who crashed but still was the fastest on a course made slippery by constant rain.

    A crash also ruined Ullrich's hopes of overall victory. The German slid out of contention at a roundabout 15 km from the finish and lost his confidence, finishing 25 seconds behind Millar.

    American Tyler Hamilton was second in the stage, nine seconds behind Millar, and Armstrong third, 14 seconds adrift.

    France's Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgian Eddy Merckx and Spain's Miguel Indurain are the only riders to have won five Tours.

    Indurain's five victory's were in successive years from 1991 to 1995.

    Armstrong had been humbled by Ullrich in the first time trial of the Tour in Cap Decouverte a week ago, losing by 96 seconds.

    But the first timed test took place in stifling heat, which the American hates, while he relishes bad weather, as was the case in Nantes.

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