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Tour de France, July 20Lance Armstrong knew he couldn't win his seventh Tour de France by just pedaling, he needed the best bicycle technology, too. Instead of playing it safe, Lance asked Trek Bicycles for "lighter and stiffer" models for this year's tour. Trek engineers designed two specialty bikes, one for mountains and one for time trials, which have helped earn him the yellow jersey as the overall leader.
Here, he rides the Trek SSLx in the July 20 stage.
Lance Armstrong rides the Trek SSLx for the mountain climbing stages of the Tour de France. Trek engineers developed a new alloy, OCLV Boron, for the OCLV Carbon-based bicycle frame to make it stronger yet lighter. The SSLx is expected to be available to the public in 2006 for about $10,000.