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Mainstream buzz may survive loss of star

Updated: July 27, 2004, 2:57 AM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN -- Lance Armstrong's run of six straight Tour de France victories has raised cycling's profile in the United States to unprecedented levels.

Professional and amateur organizations say their memberships have risen steadily while millions tuned in to coverage of international racing's premier event this summer.

Now comes the real challenge. At 32, Armstrong knows he won't race too much longer and he might not even ride in the Tour de France next year.

Will the ...

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