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President Bush applauds Armstrong

Posted: Sunday July 24, 2005 4:31PM; Updated: Sunday July 24, 2005 4:31PM
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cyclist Lance Armstrong had barely caught his breath amid the cheers of his record seventh-straight victory in the Tour de France on Sunday when he took a call from President Bush.

"Our country and the world are incredibly proud of you," Bush told the fellow Texan.

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The White House said the president called Paris from his retreat at Camp David to congratulate Armstrong for "a great triumph of the human spirit."

Bush said the victory was "a testament not only to your athletic talent but to your courage."

Armstrong, who lives in Austin, Texas, won the three-week race across France by a comfortable margin of more than 4˝ minutes.

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