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Armstrong wins fifth straight

PARIS, July 27 (UPI) -- American Lance Armstrong won his fifth straight Tour de France Sunday and vowed to try for a sixth title next year.

"It's hard to think about it and find the right words," Armstrong said after receiving the winner's yellow jersey from Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe.

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"This was definitely my most difficult race out of the five ... I have always loved cycling and I made it my job. And next year I will be back to try to win a sixth title."

Only Spain's Miguel Indurain Spain had previously secured five straight victories (1991-95).

On the final 94.5-mile stretch between Ville d'Avray and Paris, Armstrong took no chances, biking well back in the pack. He won the tour in 83:41:12 -- just over a minute ahead of German rival Jan Ullrich, who dashed his own chances when he crashed into a hay bale Saturday.

Australian Baden Cooke won the green points jersey as the best sprinter. Jean-Patrick Narzon of France won the last stage to the Champs Elysees in Paris in 3:38.49.

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