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Last Updated: Monday, 26 June 2006, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Tour de France in pictures

Lance Armstrong with then girlfriend Sheryl Crow

There was the usual glamour at the start of last year's Tour, with Lance Armstrong escorted by then girlfriend Sheryl Crow

The riders go over Albi bridge during the 2005 Tour de France

The drama of the race was once again supported by stunning backdrops throughout the three weeks of action

Robbie McEwen peforms a wheelie during the race

As predicted, the sprinters dominated the early stages with brash Aussie Robbie McEwen having plenty to celebrate

Peter Weening just edges out Andreas Kloden

There were nail-biting finishes throughout, most notably on stage eight when Peter Wenning just ousted Andreas Kloden

Points leader Tom Boonen crashes out of the race

Belgian racer Tom Boonen had been the king of the sprints in the early part of the race before bowing out after a crash

Alexander Vinokourov celebrates the first of his two stage wins

Alexander Vinokourov failed to live up to expectations in the overall standings but still celebrated two stage wins

Eventual green jersey winner Thor Hushovd

Speedstar Thor Hushovd proved to be Mr Consistent in the sprints and came away with the green jersey

Mickael Rasmussen celebrates his stage win

Mickael Rasmussen won the king of the mountains jersey thanks, in part, to a superb victory on stage 10

Ivan Basso and Lance Armstrong

But the main talking point was the battle for the overall race lead between Lance Armstrong and Ivan Basso

A determined Lance Armstrong

Armstrong, though, looked the most determined rider in the entire peloton and repeatedly dug deep to hold off rivals

Lance Armstrong celebrates his seventh Tour win

The Texan enjoyed a more relaxed final day in the saddle - posing for the cameras as he celebrated a seventh Tour win

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