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From Cancer Survivor to The Most Dominant Cyclist of His Era

July 25, 2004
Abstracted from Sports Illustrated

Lance Armstrong wins his sixth straight Tour de France in impressive fashion.

Paris – Sunday, July 25, 2004

Six Tour de France titles is nothing to sneeze at, let alone six in a row. Lance Armstrong did just that as he rode into Paris with the coveted yellow jersey. Not only that, but he did so with a commanding lead in a race where many thought it would be tough for the Texan to win. Armstrong’s impressive margin of victory over second-placed Andreas Kloden was 6 minutes, 19 seconds, with Ivan Basso in third.

What makes his 6th victory even more impressive was the fact that he was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer that spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain just 8 years ago. He battled the cancer and eventually won in 1998, when he returned to competitive cycling. Armstrong’s six wins is the most in the tour’s 101-year history.

When asked to comprehend his achievement, even Armstrong had trouble.

"It might take years. I don't know. It hasn't sunk in yet. But six, standing on the top step on the podium on the Champs-Elysees is really special," he said.



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