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The Devil, you say?
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Besides trying to outrace fellow riders, now Tour de France leader and two-time defending champ Lance Armstrong has to contend with Beelzebub.

Lance Armstrong
On Friday we asked your help to determine what was going on. Here are some of the best caption suggestions from more than 1,300 Page 2 readers for this week's Mystery Photo.

Traveling through the most hellish part of the Tour de France course, Lance Armstrong passes a Frenchman getting a little morning exorcism.
Don Paul Martin
Brooklyn, N.Y.

"No! I don't care who you say you are, you can't ride on my handlebars!"
Drew Gulan
Columbia, Mo.

"Hey, Lance, why not stop and fill up on wine and souflé?"
Where is that Good Conscience when Lance needs him?
Islip Terrace, N.Y.

What mall Santas do in the offseason.
John Shicora
Sacramento, Calif.

Rain, sleet, snow, Satan ... can't anything stop the U.S. Postal Service?

Confirming what other riders have believed for several years, the Devil came to collect Lance Armstrong's soul, which Armstrong sold to him for a yellow jersey. Unfortunately for the Devil, he tried to catch up with Armstrong during one of the mountain stages, and ended up finishing 18 minutes behind the two-time defending champion.
Matt Salah

Amid intense investigation into the U.S. Postal Service cycling team's alleged drug use, team leader Lance Armstrong's statement, "The Devil made me do it" appears to have taken on a whole new meaning.
Heather Bradley
Hawthorne, N.J.

"Lance, come back come back here, you owe me your soul."

"Get away, I just want one more!"

"No, you said that last year, too, it's time to pay up now, c'mon, I have an 8 a.m. appointment with Bobby Knight."
Mal Hulbanni

The filming of Lance Armstrong's acting debut in Van Halen's latest video "Cycling with the Devil."
Richard Teer
Boonton, N.J.

Two-time defending Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong prepares for this year's race by participating in the lesser-known Tour de Hell.
Andy Vinson
Bartlett, Tenn.

Like many others before him, Lance Armstrong finds out the hard way that old Beelzebub is a persistent little devil.
Dave Gilliam
Spartanburg, S.C.

"Hey! I kicked cancer's butt and the Tour de France, twice... I don't need your 'help'!"
Mike Smidt
Bellevue, Wash.

Another one of Jan Ullirich's shameless attempts to get in Lance's head.
Ben Ekness

"Three years ago people said that hell would freeze over before Lance won the Tour; well, it's just about frozen over. I needed to get some sun."
John Chou
San Rafael, Calif.

Pink tights? Has the devil been working out to Anna's video for his chance to catch Lance?
Eric Moore
Boulder, Colo.

The doping scandal just won't quit following Lance Armstrong.
Berkeley, Calif.

"Well, now, isn't that special. Who could that be trying to catch Lance Armstrong? I don't know, maybe Sataaaaaaaaaaaaan?"
-- Church Lady
Michael Renner
Austin, Texas

"Hey, Lance! Where the hell do you think you're going?"
Erikka Johnston
Lansdale, Pa.

Taking a tip from Nike, the Devil himself decides sports marketing is the most effective way to drum up new business.
Joyce Gallagher
West Chester, Pa.

And they accused me of doping?!
Lawrence, Kan.

And finally, here is what Reuters stated was happening: U.S. Postal Service team rider Lance Armstrong of the United States is followed by a fan dressed in a devil's costume as he makes his way in the 11th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial from Grenoble to Chamrousse, eastern France on July 18, 2001. Armstrong won the 11th stage in the 32-kilometer time trial with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds. (Reuters Live Photos/Robert Pratta)

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