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Armstrong kicks it into high gear

April 22, 2004

 (Rome-AP) -- Lance Armstrong didn't disapppoint the hundreds of West Georgia spectators who lined the streets to see a famous cyclist race past.

The five-time Tour de France winner won both stages of the Tour de Georgia Thurdsay  to take the overall lead in the 641-mile, seven-stage race.

 Armstrong won the 18.6 mile individual time trial after taking first in the 78.4 mile morning leg from Carrollton to downtown Rome.

 The six-day tour ends Sunday in Alpharetta, about 22 miles north of Atlanta.

Armstrong improved 22 spots and into fourth place in the overall standings as he won the first leg in front of a cheering crowd.

He entered the second race trailing leader Ivan Dominguez of Cuba by .063 of a second.

Dominguez, who took second place for the third straight stage, joined Armstrong and 69 other cyclists to finish the morning race in 2:41:42.

The second stage on Thursday, an individual time trial, included a 2.5 mile climb of Mount Alto.

posted at 11:55pm by roberth@walb.com