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Something more important than titles

Updated: August 24, 2012, 2:18 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLA.com

His picture was taped to the corner of a white board hanging inside the small room I was essentially trapped in for 30 days.

I looked at it every morning when I woke up and every night before I hopelessly attempted to sleep. The photo was of Lance Armstrong riding alone through golden wheat fields en route to his seventh consecutive Tour de France title. It was the cover of the Aug. 1, 2005, issue of Sports Illustrated, and was sent to me by my co-workers at the magazine before ...

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