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|Armstrong: "At the end of the day, sometimes you have to survive to be able to win."|
|“||I knew before the prologue in Paris that it was going to be close. I didn't expect it to come down to the last decisive stages. This is a bit of a surprise. ”|
|— Lance Armstrong|
How Armstrong stacks up
to the other five-time winners
Born: Jan. 8, 1934, in Mont Saint Aignan, France
Died: Nov. 18, 1987
Nickname: "Mister Chrono"
Career: First rider to win five Tours, also won two Giros d'Italia, one Vuelta a Espaņa and world hour record.
Tour stats: Won overall title 1957, 1961-64, 16 stages in eight Tours and wore race leader's yellow jersey 51 days.
Born: June 17, 1945, in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium
Nickname: "The Cannibal"
Career: Won five Tours, five Giros, one Vuelta, three world championships, world hour record and dozens of one-day classics.
Tour stats: Won overall title 1969-72 and 1974, won record 35 stages in seven Tours and wore race leader's yellow jersey a record 96 days.
Today: Owns a bike company that builds high-end frames that bear his name and is a Belgian TV commentator.
Born: Nov. 14, 1954, in Yffiniac, France
Nickname: "The Badger"
Career: Won five Tours, three Giros, two Vueltas and one world title.
Tour stats: Won overall title 1978-79, 1981-82 and 1985, won 23 stages in eight Tours and wore leader's yellow jersey 78 days.
Today: Works in public relations for the Tour de France race organization.
Born: July 16, 1964, in Villava, Spain
Nickname: "Big Mig"
Career: Won five consecutive Tours, two Giros, 1996 Olympic time trial gold medal and world hour record.
Tour stats: Won overall title 1991-95, won 12 stages in 12 Tours and wore the race leader's yellow jersey 60 days.
Today: Enjoying quiet retirement with just a few selected public appearances.
Born: Nov. 18, 1971, in Plano, Texas
Nickname "Big Tex"
Career: Won four Tours, one world title.
Tour stats: Defending champion, won overall title 1999-2002, won 15 stages in eight Tours and wore the race leader's yellow jersey 45 days. In 2003, won one stage and has held the yellow jersey 12 days going into Paris.
|Armstrong's good luck outweighed his bad in the 2003 Tour de France.|