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Mom says Armstrong set goal to win 6th Tour

PARIS -- Linda Armstrong, mother of the champ, thought yet
another win was only natural.

"Looking back, he was fast at everything, so it doesn't
surprise me that this is the profession he chose," she said as her
32-year-old son, Lance, won his sixth Tour de France, the first
rider to do so.

"Lance set a goal, and his goal was to win this Tour," she
told The Associated Press. "Definitely, this is what he wanted."

Linda Armstrong was 17 when she gave birth to her only child,
and she raised him without a father. From his youngest days, she
said, he excelled as a swimmer, a runner and a cyclist.

Eight years ago, she watched Lance fight his way back from
testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brains, leaving him
with less than a 50 percent chance of survival.

"I'm emotional, it's a very emotional time for me," she said,
beaming broadly.

Like her son, she dodged the question of whether he would be
back yet again. "Taking it one day at a time," she said.

"He says he'll be back," she concluded. "I'm not sure I can
get through another one, but he rides that bike well."