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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Lance on L'Alpe d'Huez "L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) - Riding through a frenzied sea of fans, Lance Armstrong pulverized rivals and extended his lead in the Tour de France by winning a historic time trial Wednesday high in the French Alps.

Armstrong stormed up the 15.5-kilometer (9.6-mile) climb through 21 hairpin turns to the L'Alpe d'Huez ski station in 39 minutes, 41 seconds - the only rider under 40 minutes.
"I wanted it bad because of the history around this mountain and the importance to the race," the five-time Tour champion said. "All in all, it was a very important day."
At this point, only a disaster would appear to stand in the way of his record sixth straight Tour title when the three-week cycling marathon ends in Paris on Sunday. "
Posted at 3:27 PM by John.

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