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Armstrong cruising toward seventh straight Tour title

Lance Armstrong easily retained his overall lead after a tricky 18th stage of the Tour de France, won Thursday by Spain's Marcos Serrano.

Updated: July 21, 2005, 5:49 PM ET
Associated Press

MENDE, France -- Lance Armstrong feels so sure of victory, so ready for retirement that he doesn't want to get off his bike. Not now, with the end this tantalizingly close.

"Why don't we just not stop? Let's just keep riding, get it over with," Armstrong said when teammate George Hincapie, pedaling alongside during Thursday's 18th stage, reminded him that only three days and 219.6 miles remained until the Champ-Ellysees in Paris.

Lance in overall standings after the 18th stage ...

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