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Froome shows he can take Tour de France's punches

BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France - The mountains of the Pyrenees offered at least two insights about Tour de France leader Chris Froome: He can land terrible blows to his rivals with his uphill speed and can take their punches, too.
Three associates of Lance Armstrong banned for life

With Lance Armstrong digging in for a legal fight, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued lifetime sports bans Tuesday to three former staff members and consultants on the cyclist's winning Tour de France teams for drug violations.
Lance Armstrong gets more time to contest charges

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday granted Lance Armstrong an extension of up to 30 days to contest drug charges while the seven-time Tour de France winner challenges the case in federal court.
Local team riding high into '05 Tour

Thanks to Cesar Grajales, the Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Team finished on top of Brasstown Bald during last year's Tour de Georgia.
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Armstrong waiting to make move

SAINT-BRIEUC, France - Lance Armstrong finished in a pack of riders behind Italy's Filippo Pozzato in the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, and remained in sixth place overall after the first week of cycling's premier race.
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Key Armstrong rival falters in Tour de France

WASQUEHAL, France -- One key rival down for Lance Armstrong, at least four others to go.
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Armstrong survives rough, bumpy Tour de France stage

WASQUEHAL, France -- Lance Armstrong turned two treacherous and cobblestone stretches of the third stage to his advantage Tuesday while Spanish rival Ivan Mayo crashed in a blow to his Tour de France hopes.
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Armstrong wins final stage in tuneup race

SETE, France -- Lance Armstrong won the final stage of the Languedoc-Roussillon cycling race Sunday, picking up the pace in his preparations for a July attempt at a sixth straight Tour de France title.
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Armstrong where he wants to be as mountains loom

LYON, France -- Monsters for some, manna for others, the mountains of the Tour de France offer Lance Armstrong a chance to power away from rivals as he goes for a fifth straight title.
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Armstrong's team wins Tour time trial

SAINT-DIZIER, France -- Lance Armstrong's team won a time trial Wednesday, putting him in second place and in good position for another Tour de France title as he approaches the punishing Alps.
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