Sunday, July 24, 2005
VICTORY LAPS. For the seventh consecutive year, Lance Armstrong rides into Paris after 20 days and over 2000 miles with a lock on the yellow jersey. When the margin of lead is significant (and Armstrong's lead over his rivals is quite significant), the 21st stage of the Tour de France is more formality than a day for attacking and jockeying for podium positions. The peloton arrives in Paris and enters the Champs Elysees together. After one lap, the sprinters take over and settle the last points available. For Armstrong, however, it must have been a bittersweet ride: he rides the circuits of Paris as the reigning champ...but for the very last time. Photo credit: Peter Dejong/AP accessed at Yahoo!