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Defending champ crashed with two laps left

Updated: September 27, 2004, 4:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Sara Carrigan's tactic was questioned. The result cannot be.

Carrigan essentially drafted off Judith Arndt for much of the final lap, then slingshot past the German in the final straightaway to win the gold medal Sunday in the Olympic women's road cycling race.

The riders battled a stiff headwind for much of the final lap, with Carrigan tucked in behind and using Arndt as her buffer -- knowing fatigue was certain to set in. When Arndt turned her head to see where ...

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