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Armstrong's attack plan pays off

Updated: July 21, 2003, 5:48 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPn.com

LUZ-ARDIDEN, France -- Lance Armstrong saved the best for last.

The 31-year-old Texan's road to a record-tying fifth Tour de France win has been wrought with dangers. Armstrong has endured crashes, taken unexpected short cuts and suffered through dehydration in a French heat wave, but nothing compares to the fireworks high in the soggy French Pyrenees in Monday's 15th stage.

With two rivals breathing down his neck in what was the closest Tour in race history, Armstrong delivered ...

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