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Floyd Landis wins Tour de France

india Updated: Jul 25, 2006 19:09 IST
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Floyd Landis was hailed as a worthy successor to Lance Armstrong on Sunday as US media reported his triumph in the 2006 Tour de France.

"An American won it, again," said the Christian Science Monitor, reporting from France after Landis kept the coveted title in US hands for the eighth year on the heels of Armstrong's seven straight victories.

"His performance and gee-whiz charm helped put the glow back into this year's Tour after its gloomy start, when nine racers were disqualified for suspected doping," the newspaper said.

It further added, "captivated the French with his sheepish grins and a come-from-behind surge of power cycling that put him back in the running after losing eight minutes to the leader in one of the Tour's final stages."

Sunday newspapers across the country had primed fans for a Landis victory, anointing him on the strength of Saturday's penultimate stage when he regained the leader's yellow jersey.

"Landis looking like a winner," the Washington Post reported on Sunday morning as the final stage still loomed, saying Landis "has given the Tour de France its greatest roller coaster ride in years."

But when Landis completed the feat, he found himself sharing the spotlight on sports websites with another conquering American in Europe - British Open champion Tiger Woods.

On ESPN.com, the picture of a beaming Woods, club brandished aloft, dwarfed the shot of Landis celebrating his own victory with champagne.

But the website was full of praise for Landis's achievement.

"Outlandis! A jokester off the bike... universally liked by both his teammates and rivals," said the website.

"Whether Landis will follow Armstrong in turning himself into a byword for US cycling remains to be seen," it said.

"The world will have to wait to see how hungry he is in the coming years," ESPN opined.

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