Armstrong Wins 7th Tour de France
One hand on his handlebars, the other holding a flute of champagne, Armstrong toasted his teammates as he pedaled into Paris to collect his crown. He held up seven fingers Ã¢€” one for each win Ã¢€” and a piece of paper with the number 7 on it.
His sixth win last year already set a record, putting Armstrong ahead of four other riders Ã¢€” Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgian Eddy Merckx and Spaniard Miguel Indurain Ã¢€” who all won five Tours.
Armstrong’s new record of seven wins confirmed him as one of the greatest cyclists ever, and capped a career where he came back from cancer to dominate cycling’s most prestigious and taxing race.