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Lance's hopes 'finished' amid crashes

Updated: July 11, 2010, 8:40 PM ET
Associated Press

MORZINE, France -- Close the book on the Lance Armstrong era at the Tour de France. He has.

The record seven-time champion wrote off his chances of victory in his 13th and last Tour, signaling the beginning of the end of one of the most celebrated and controversial careers in cycling history.

The 38-year-old Texan's hopes for yet another title were dashed Sunday after he got caught in three crashes -- one of which brought him down -- and struggled to keep up during two tough climbs ...

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