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Armstrong cheers for Landis or other American to win

Updated: July 19, 2006, 9:14 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France -- Lance Armstrong says it's crucial that Floyd Landis win the Tour de France for the continued development of cycling in the United States.

"It's great for American cycling, and I'd love to see the jersey stay in the States," said Armstrong, who retired last summer after the last of his record seven Tour wins.

The Texan's success boosted the popularity of the sport hugely in America, but there were fears that people back home would lose interest once ...

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