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Armstrong ready for 'epic' finish

Updated: July 20, 2004, 5:12 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

On a narrow, twisting road high in the French Alps, hundreds of thousands of crazed cycling fans are already lining up for a front-row seat to history.

Armstrong hopes to put the finishing touches on the 2004 Tour de France in Wednesday's epic stage up the 21 switchbacks at L'Alpe d'Huez in what could be a 9.6-mile launching pad to a record sixth Tour de France victory.

"I'm excited for L'Alpe d'Huez," Armstrong said about the climbing time trial. "It's going to be an epic day."

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