Text by Christian Camerota

Surprise, surprise. It looks as if Lance Armstrong's charity ride has turned into something more: like, say, a legitimate run at his 8th Tour De France victory.

Armstrong's Team Astana, favored to win today's 39-kilometer time trial in Montpellier, lived up to the hype, finishing the 4th stage in 46 minutes and 29 seconds. Their 40-second margin of victory over Team Saxo Bank means Lance Armstrong is now essentially tied for the race's lead, just milliseconds behind official leader Fabian Cancellara.

Tomorrow's 196.5-kilometer stage 5 stretches from Le Cap d'Agde to Perpignan and is dedicated to surrealist painter Salvador Dali, who penned the 1959 Tour's official postcard.

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Comments

  1. Erin
    July 8, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Lance has what it takes to win, if he really tries for it. He has never been that kind of a man to just sit back and let someone else take the glory, especially if they aren’t yet proving themselves and he is.

  2. Africa
    August 12, 2009, 6:05 am

    Good for Lance. Despite so much critisism he is kicking some serious **s. Good for him!

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