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Armstrong blows away rivals in first Alpine stage
Updated: 2005-07-13 08:24

Armstrong goes into the hardest Alpine stage, a 173-kilometer (107.5-mile) trek Wednesday over three famed ascents, with the added benefit of knowing his Discovery Channel teammates are back on their game after a surprise bad day last week. The Discovery riders poured on the pace in the first section of Tuesday's final ascent, whittling down the field.

"Real champions," said Armstrong. "I would give the team an A."

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