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Americans finish 1, 2

Updated: July 2, 2005, 5:21 PM ET
Associated Press

NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France -- No easing up for Lance Armstrong in his last Tour de France.

Armstrong took a huge step toward winning his seventh consecutive Tour on the very first day of the three-week race. He crushed his main rivals in an opening time trial Saturday, opening up early time gaps that may be big enough to carry him through to victory at the finish in Paris on July 24.

"I was hungry today," said Armstrong, who is 33 and has said he will retire after this year's ...

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