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Armstrong powers away from rivals on mountains

Updated: July 13, 2005, 8:31 AM ET
Associated Press

COURCHEVEL, France -- Two faces. One was Lance Armstrong's, steely but almost serene as he pedaled furiously in the thin mountain air. The other was a mask of pain worn by Jan Ullrich, his great German rival trailing farther and farther behind.

Armstrong took a giant step toward a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory with a dominant ride Tuesday on the first Alpine climb of this year's race, retaking the overall lead -- which he could hold all the way to the finish in Paris on ...

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