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Armstrong maintains overall lead

Lance Armstrong completed the last of three days in the Pyrenees with a comfortable overall lead in the Tour de France, finishing the 16th stage Tuesday in a group behind stage winner Oscar Pereiro.

Updated: July 19, 2005, 3:02 PM ET
Associated Press

PAU, France -- Lance Armstrong protected his comfortable lead on the Tour de France's last day in the high mountains, finishing Tuesday in a pack with his main rivals behind stage winner Oscar Pereiro.

Now, the only things standing between Armstrong and a seventh consecutive Tour title are a time trial, two medium mountain stages and two mostly flat stages, including the last ride into Paris on Sunday.

Pereiro beat a fellow Spaniard, Xabier Zandio, and two other riders in a finishing ...

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