Landis Wins The Tour de FranceA new Tour de France champ was crowned yesterday on the Champs-Elysees in the city of Paris. American Floyd Landis completed the final chapter of the three-week stage race finishing safely in the peloton surrounded by his Phonak teammates. His margin of victory was less than one-minute over Caisse d'Epargne's Oscar Pereiro with third place going to Andreas Kloden of T-Mobile. Landis' overall win was made possible during Saturday's 57 km time trial in which he finished third. Landis entered the race against the clock a scant thirty seconds behind Pereiro and eighteen seconds behind Carlos Sastre (CSC). With the stage set, Landis, a specialist in the "race of truth," easily distanced himself from his competitors to reclaim the yellow leader's jersey. It capped a remarkable and unlikely turnaround that began with Landis' collapse on Stage 16 that saw him lose eight minutes to the leaders. Less than twenty-four hours later, Landis launched a fearless attack on the first of five Alpine mountains on Stage 17 and soloed for 130 kms to victory to reclaim all but thirty seconds of the time he lost the day before. It was a storybook comeback that will go down in the annals as one of the greatest in Tour de France history as well as one of the most extraordinary in all of sports. In a Tour that some might have discounted because of who wasn't in the race, Landis' performance was the stuff legends are made of. And to think, it all began for him this season in February when he won the first Amgen Tour of California.
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