Contre-le-montre, Conquérant de la Tour

The Tour de France turned out the way it should have, after all. As expected, Floyd Landis raced well in the "contre-le-montre" of the race's penultimate stage on Saturday, finishing third but taking enough time out of Oscar Pereiro to reassume the yellow jersey. Landis thus was assured of winning the Tour when it concluded on Sunday, capping one of the most tumultuous and surprising Tours in decades and writing himself into the history of the Tour as one of the audacious and tough riders ever. His superhuman Stage 17 must be put on a par with the best that Lance Armstrong, Jacques Anquetil, or even Eddy "the Cannnibal" Merckx ever rode. 

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