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



The stage started as it has done for the past six years - with Armstrong celebrating and wearing the race leader's yellow jersey.

One hand on his handlebars, the other holding a flute of champagne, Armstrong toasted his teammates as he pedaled 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 - who 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 to dominate cycling's most prestigious and taxing race.

Rooted on by rock star girlfriend Sheryl Crow, Armstrong's last ride as a professional - the closing 89.8-mile 21st stage into Paris from Corbeil-Essonnes south of the capital - was not without incident.

Three of his teammates slipped and crashed on the rain-slicked pavement coming around a bend just before they crossed the River Seine. Armstrong, right behind them, braked and skidded into the fallen riders.

Armstrong used his right foot to steady himself, and was able to stay on the bike.

His teammates, wearing special shirts with a band of yellow on right shoulder, recovered and led him up the Champs-Elysees at the front of the pack.

Organizers then announced that they had stopped the clock because of the slippery conditions with more than 10 miles to go.

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan took to the honor of winning the stage on the Champs-Elysees, surging ahead of the main pack. He had been touted as one of Armstrong's main rivals at the start of the Tour on July 2, but like others was overwhelmed by the 33-year-old Texan.

In retiring after he stands on the winner's podium, against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe, Armstrong will manage a rare feat in sports - going out on the top of his game. He has said that his decision was final and that he was walking away with "absolutely no regrets."

His departure begins a new era for the 102-year-old Tour, with no clear successor. Armstrong's riding and his inspiring defeat of cancer attracted new fans - especially in the United States - to the race, as much a part of French summers as sun cream, forest fires and traffic jams down to the Cote d'Azur.

Millions turned out each year, cheering, picnicking and sipping wine by the side of the road, to watch him flash past in the race leader's yellow jersey, the famed "maillot jaune."

Cancer survivors, autograph hunters and enamored admirers pushed, shove, and yelled "Lance! Lance!" outside his bus in the mornings for a smile, a signature, or a word from the champion.

He had bodyguards to keep the crowds at bay - ruffling feathers of cycling purists who sniffed at his "American" ways.

Some spectators would shout obscenities or "dope!" - doper. To some, his comeback from cancer and his uphill bursts of speed that left rivals gasping in the Alps and Pyrenees were too good to be true.


Armstrong insisted that he simply trained, worked and prepared harder than anyone. He was drug-tested hundreds of times, in and out of competition, but never found to have committed any infractions.

Armstrong came into this Tour saying he had a dual objective - winning the race and the hearts of French fans. He was more relaxed, forthcoming and talkative than last year, when the pressure to be the first six-time winner was on.

Some fans hung the Stars and Stripes on barriers that lined the Champs-Elysees on Sunday. Around France, some also urged Armstrong to go for an eighth win next year- holding up placards and daubing their appeals in paint on the road
 

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Someone needs to do a Lance themed bike just like OCC did. BigTex you're out there about where he's from. Scrap the Wolverine theme and paint it with Lance murals and have some victories painted on there and have his "Live Strong" campaign on there too, maybe you could get him to sponsor you and you could get free stuff for sportin his campaign. :cool:
 

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Originally posted by TonyO@Jul 24 2005, 03:17 PM
Someone needs to do a Lance themed bike just like OCC did.  BigTex you're out there about where he's from.  Scrap the Wolverine theme and paint it with Lance murals and have some victories painted on there and have his "Live Strong" campaign on there too, maybe you could get him to sponsor you and you could get free stuff for sportin his campaign.  :cool:
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that would be tight
 

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Originally posted by the_cat@Jul 24 2005, 07:12 PM
that would be tight
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thats true
he a baig ass insperation to a lot of people cus his fight with cancer
good job lance
 

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I have lots of respect for a man who fought cancer and spread through out his body and who also gives his help to help others fight the cancer with his campaign and also for winning the tour 7 times :cool:
 

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Originally posted by TonyO@Jul 24 2005, 02:17 PM
Someone needs to do a Lance themed bike just like OCC did.  BigTex you're out there about where he's from.  Scrap the Wolverine theme and paint it with Lance murals and have some victories painted on there and have his "Live Strong" campaign on there too, maybe you could get him to sponsor you and you could get free stuff for sportin his campaign.  :cool:
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This is a bad idea. I understand the man went through a lot like cancer and a devorce, ect,... But a lowrider bike wouldnt be righht. I respect the man for his acomplishments but thats not the way you would honor him.
 

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Originally posted by socios b.c. prez@Jul 25 2005, 04:13 PM
This is a bad idea. I understand the man went through a lot like cancer and a devorce, ect,... But a lowrider bike wouldnt be righht. I respect the man for his acomplishments but thats not the way you would honor him.
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Hell yeah he needs more dedications. He's done a lot and I know he'll be heavy into cancer research now :)
 

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Originally posted by I-beam@Aug 1 2005, 04:25 AM
now that Lance retired nobody has to give a shit about cycling once again, thank god
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I know some co workers into cycling and we go at it back and fourth all the time about looks. I try to get them to get a chrome or gold chain at least or chrome their handlebars :(
 

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Originally posted by TonyO@Jul 31 2005, 10:28 PM
I know some co workers into cycling and we go at it back and fourth all the time about looks.  I try to get them to get a chrome or gold chain at least or chrome their handlebars :(
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:roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
 

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Originally posted by I-beam@Aug 1 2005, 02:41 PM
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For real we're just toal opposites :(

Its like damn dude you need some chrome on that thing :biggrin:
 

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Originally posted by TonyO@Aug 1 2005, 04:30 PM
For real we're just toal opposites :(

Its like damn dude you need some chrome on that thing  :biggrin:
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have ever felt one of those racing bikes, those things are so so so light, my grade school principal did it and his bike I think weighed 3lbs tops
 
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