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President Bush calls win 'testament of courage'

7/25/2005

WASHINGTON -- Cyclist Lance Armstrong had barely caught his
breath amid the cheers of his record seventh-straight victory in
the Tour de France on Sunday when he took a call from President
Bush.

``Our country and the world are incredibly proud of you,'' Bush
told the fellow Texan.

The White House said the president called Paris from his retreat
at Camp David to congratulate Armstrong for ``a great triumph of
the human spirit.''

Bush said the victory was ``a testament not only to your
athletic talent but to your courage.''

Armstrong, who lives in Austin, Texas, won the three-week race
across France by a comfortable margin of more than 4 1/2 minutes.