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Seventh straight Tour title within reach

Updated: July 18, 2005, 3:23 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

PAU, France -- You'd think after 2,630 kilometers of racing, Lance Armstrong would welcome a day away from the pressure cooker that is the Tour de France.

On Monday's rest day in the shadow of the Pyrenees, though, Armstrong would prefer to keep laying it on rather than lying around the pool.

"I don't really like the rest days," Armstrong said. "The body reacts differently after a day off the bike. The day after a rest day is always tricky."

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