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[0] Sports Update: Armstrong mountain challenge for a treble.

LANCE ARMSTRONG produced a blistering finish yesterday to underline his determination to capture a third Tour de France cycling title in a row.

The American surged to victory in the 10th stage, a gruelling 209-kilometre ride from Aix-les-Bains to the ski station of L'Alpe d'Huez.

He finished one minute 59 seconds ahead of German Jan Ullrich and 2:09 in front of ONCE's Joseba Beloki.

Armstrong is now fourth overall, 20:07 behind leader Francois Simon, who took the yellow jersey from Australian Stuart O'Grady.

The Texan looked to be struggling for most of the stage and even dropped off the back of the peleton at one point to talk to US Postal Service sports chief Johan Bruyneel in the team car.

But he made his move on the lower slopes of the famous L'Alpe d'Huez, the final climb and one of the toughest of the Tour.

Armstrong passed biggest rival Ullrich and his Telekom team-mates then pushed himself to the limit on the snaking hairpin bends to overhaul stage leader Laurent Roux of Jean Delatour.

He will now try to claw back the 8:13 gap between himself and second-placed Cofidis climber Andrei Kivilev in today's mountain time-trial.

SPEEDWAY: Glasgow's Premier League match on the Isle of Wight last night was washed out by heavy rain. The fixture will take place some time next month.

BOXING: Billy Schwer's trainer Jack Lindsay insisted he isn't surprised the Luton-born fighter is quitting after collapsing in the ring in the 11th round of his IBO light welterweight clash with Argentine Pablo Sarmiento at Wembley on Saturday.

The 32-year-old, who has had six career losses, was released from hospital yesterday.

Lindsay said: "He should be proud of his career but it doesn't surprise me that he is retiring."

TENNIS: Both Scots lost to Australian opponents in the opening round of the LTA Ladies Tournament at Frinton.

Top seed Kristen Van Elden beat Tayport's Nicola Payne 6-3 6-1 and Emily Hewson defeated Edinburgh's Karen Paterson 7-5, 6-2.

BASKETBALL: Edinburgh Rocks have made 25-year-old American point guard Ryan Huntley their first signing for the 2001-2002 season. He has been playing for Austin Cyclones.
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Date:Jul 18, 2001
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