Lance de France

If French cycling fans could choose the ideal athlete to win the centennial edition of the Tour de France, who would he be? He'd be French, of course. Surely the last thing the French would want to see is the crowning of a Yank as Tour champ — especially one who hails from the same state as George W. Bush. What could be more galling to the Gauls on July 27 than to see Lance Armstrong — whose record, cocksure manner and red-white-and-blue, government-sponsored U.S. Postal Service team screams American domination — atop the podium on the Champs-Elysées for a historic...

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