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Boonen wins second stage in just under four hours

Updated: July 3, 2005, 5:23 PM ET
Associated Press

LES ESSARTS, France -- A master of strategy after all these rides, Lance Armstrong did what he had to: He stayed out of trouble.

Armstrong negotiated the second stage of his farewell Tour de France on Sunday, finishing safely in the pack and in 63rd place. Crucially, he avoided danger by steering clear of sprinters jostling for position on a day when several fell, and Belgium's Tom Boonen was the winner.

Armstrong, bidding for a seventh straight Tour de France title, had no ...

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