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True Grit: Landis recreates the Armstrong aura

July 25, 2006

Who after Lance Armstrong was a question bound to haunt the Tour de France after its celebrated star retired last year following a seventh successive title.

On Sunday, July 23, another American, with yet another stirring tale of human spirit, answered that question.

Floyd Landis, Armstrong's former teammate, filled in the void admirably.

Also see: Lance Armstrong: Fallen Icon?

He became the third American to win the world's most prestigious bicycle race, joining seven-time champion Armstrong and three-time winner Greg LeMond.

Landis beat Oscar Pereiro of Spain by 57 seconds, the smallest margin since LeMond edged Laurent Fignon by a record-low eight seconds in 1989.

Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

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