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'I want to win sixth title'.

Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. He won the Tour de France—cycling's most prestigious race—seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005.  has warned his rivals he will not relax after claiming his fifth Tour de France victory and immediately set his sights on win number six.

The American became just the fifth man in history to win five Tour titles yesterday when he comfortably held off the challenge of German Jan Ullrich Jan Ullrich (born December 2, 1973, in Rostock, East Germany) is a German professional road bicycle racer. In 1997, he was the first German to win the Tour de France. He went on to achieve five second place finishes, along with a fourth place (2004) and a third place finish (2005). .

Armstrong said: "This is my fifth victory, this is like a dream. It's hard to think about it and find the right words.

"This was definitely my most difficult race out of the five. I am very, very happy because it is over and I am very tired.

"I have always loved cycling and I made it my job. Next year I will be back to try to win a sixth title."

The American, riding for the US Postal team, claimed his fifth Tour title to join an elite group of cyclists, including legends Eddy Merckx Noun 1. Eddy Merckx - Belgian racing cyclist who won the Tour de France five times (born in 1945)
, Jacques Anquetil Jacques Anquetil (January 8, 1934 - November 18, 1987), was a French cyclist and the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, in 1957 and from 1961 to 1964. He stated before the 1961 Tour de France that he would gain the yellow jersey on day one and wear it all through , Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain who have achieved the feat.

The modest 31-year-old, however, who has dominated the Tour since 1999, preferred to acknowledge the efforts of the team behind him.

"This is a great day for me but above all for the US Postal team," Armstrong said. "I would not have managed to win the Tour for the fifth consecutive time without them.

"The fact that this win was so hard to clinch makes it even greater for me.

"I have great admiration for Merckx, Anquetil, Hinault and Indurain.

"They are the giants of cycling, and I don't consider myself like that which is why this is so weird for me."

The French contingent in the vast crowds bayed for Jean-Patrick Nazon to claim the honour of being the first to finish in Paris yesterday and the home hero was overjoyed to win the stage.

Nazon pressed forward, taking a line in front of his nearest rivals to glide over the finish first, fists thrust into the air.

"This is even better than the yellow jersey, a victory that I almost hadn't dared to hope for," Nazon said. "Destiny was with me, this was the chance of my life."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2003
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