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A new Lance shows old determination

Updated: July 27, 2009, 12:33 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Lance Armstrong had to go away and come back to be the athlete the French wanted him to be -- imperfect.

The Page 1 headline bannered across the Sunday edition of the French sports daily L'Equipe said "Chapeau, Le Texan," which roughly means, "Our hats are off to you, Tex." It was a shocking turnaround for those of us who remember the year the newspaper displayed a huge photo of Armstrong's back, rather than his face, on the podium, not to mention numerous other stories over ...

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