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FRANCE - JULY 27: Tour de France 2003, 20. Etappe; Ville d'Avray - Paris; v.li.: Richard VIRENQUE/FRA - Quick Step Davitamon -, Lance ARMSTRONG/USA - US Postal -, Denis MENCHOV/RUS - Team Ibanesto - (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist Two enduring myths about Lance Armstrong should be laid to rest after his confession to Oprah Winfrey. One is that even if he doped, Armstrong was still a truly exceptional athlete, so naturally gifted and determined that he could have won the Tour de France without drugs. The other is that Armstrong must have been the best rider in a bad bunch, because so many of his Tour rivals were also doping and yet he always came out on top. Phooey. Perhaps the promise and natural physical ability Armstrong demonstrated as a teenage triathlete, when one assumes and hopes he was clean, were always going to shine through and lead to some degree of success in professional sports, although surely not to the record seven Tour titles that have since been stripped from him. Or perhaps it was only drugs and blood transfusions that made a serial winner of Armstrong. Perhaps he would have been far less stellar without them, not quite a do...
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