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American Lance Armstrong wins Tour de France

In one of the biggest comeback stories in sports, cancer survivor Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France Sunday. Armstrong, who started his victory ride three weeks ago by winning the prologue, became the first American since Greg LeMond in 1990 to win the Tour. The 27-year-old Texan withstood the mountain stages, drug accusations and the burden of the yellow jersey to reach Paris.

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    UCI: All Tour de France tests negative
    All tests for banned substances were found to be negative in the Tour de France, the sport's governing body said.

    Armstrong's cycling win is a medical victory, too
    Lance Armstrong's victory in the Tour de France was made possible by another incredible triumph -- medicine's ability to beat advanced cancer.

    Armstrong helps erase memory of drug scandal
    Cycling, on the verge of collapse only a year ago, could not have dreamt of a better savior than Lance Armstrong.

    French riders fall short in homeland
    For the first time since 1926, a Frenchman didn't win a single stage at the Tour de France. And it was only the fourth time since World War II that one didn't figure in the top five overall.

    Armstrong's victory inspires fans back home
    Karl Haussmann watched on the Internet as Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France, and was astounded.

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