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Saturday, July 24, 2004
Lance is almost there.... "BESANCON, France (AP) - Riders set off on the Tour de France's next-to-last stage Saturday in an individual time trial that Lance Armstrong needs only to safely negotiate to preserve the overall lead in his quest for a record-breaking sixth consecutive title.
Starting last in the race against the clock on the 34-mile winding route around Besancon in southeast France, Armstrong is so far ahead of his nearest rivals that he has to do little other than stay upright on his bike to win another Tour crown.
The showcase event rolls into Paris on Sunday in a largely ceremonial final stage that ends on the famous Champs-Elysees boulevard. Because he is first in the overall standings and holds the coveted yellow jersey, Armstrong has the benefit of starting last in the time trial - meaning he knows the time to beat before he sets out. "

Check out the official english-language TdF site. One day to go, and the tootle on the Champs.
Posted at 11:06 AM by John.

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