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Armstrong named AP's top male athlete

Updated: December 29, 2003, 9:33 AM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- For Lance Armstrong, 2003 was a year of personal and professional struggles and triumph.

Divorce divided his family. A crash, dehydration and some admittedly poor riding nearly cost him a record-tying fifth straight Tour de France title.

But just when his dominance of one of world's most grueling sports events teetered near its end, Armstrong fought off Jan Ullrich of Germany by 62 seconds to put himself in position to become the first rider to win six in a row in ...

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