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Lance in France: Armstrong Rides to Second Consecutive Tour Victory

Aired July 24, 2000 - 2:21 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: The city of Austin, Texas, is celebrating hometown hero Lance Armstrong's big win this weekend. The 28-year-old cyclist and cancer survivor glided to his second Tour de France victory Sunday. Armstrong insists he's just a regular guy. But, as CNN's Peter Humi reports from Paris, Armstrong's recent triumphs, both professional and personal, continue to inspire us all.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

PETER HUMI, CNN PARIS BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): It was, by anyone's standards, a remarkable performance. Lance Armstrong, the 28-year-old from Texas, dominated the world's most famous cycling race for the second year running. "Reconquest," blared the banner headline of France's top sporting newspaper. Below, a photo of Armstrong celebrating with his baby son and wife.

Armstrong's recovery from near fatal cancer three years ago makes his second consecutive tour win all the more extraordinary.

Later, following his victory, the U.S. rider attended a ceremony for cancer survivors in Paris and signed a charter calling for more funds to combat the disease. His message to cancer victims is simple:

LANCE ARMSTRONG, TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER: No matter what the doctors tell you, you have to believe in the treatment, believe in the therapy, and survive. And when you come back, it's amazing. I mean, the body comes back and the mind comes back, and you're better than ever.

HUMI: Armstrong has silenced critics, who claimed last year's win in the tour was a fluke, and he promises to be back again next year.

ARMSTRONG: I'd like to try, but it's cycling. Anybody can win a bike race. Every year, you have to beat the others. But I feel good. I'm motivated. I love my job.

HUMI (on camera): And there's little doubting Armstrong's ambition either. After his victory over his cancer and two wins in the tour, he says his sights are now firmly set on the cycling gold medal at the Sydney Olympics later this year.

Peter Humi, CNN, Paris. (END VIDEOTAPE)

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