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Armstrong ready for climb to the top

Updated: July 11, 2003, 4:31 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

Lance Armstrong comes from the flats of Texas, but he loves when the road goes vertical.

The four-time defending Tour de France champion will be more than happy this weekend. With the 2003 Tour lying in the balance, the roads are going straight up into the French Alps, and Armstrong is poised to vault into the race leader's yellow jersey.

"Saturday is the first test to see how everybody is," said Johan Bruyneel, director of Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team. "Lance is good; ...

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