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Armstrong sits on cycling throne

American, mother, defends her Beijing gold and retires at top of her sport

Updated: August 1, 2012, 9:34 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The reign of Queen Kristin continues. Four years after winning the Olympic women's time trial at the Great Wall of China, Armstrong, 38, was back on the throne Wednesday. And I mean literally on the throne.

The cycling time trial was held at Hampton Palace Court, the former residence of Henry VIII, and in an absolutely inspired bit of theatrical planning, as the 29-kilometer race went on, the organizers directed whichever cyclists were currently in the top three to take a seat on ...

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