Working like a well-oiled machine, Lance Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service squad won their first ever team time trial at the Tour de France on Wednesday -- a major boost in his drive for five straight Tour titles.
The win set Armstrong up nicely up for punishing mountain stages that start Saturday in the Alps, giving him a cushion of time over key rivals.
The race, run in hot, sunny weather over 69 kilometers (42.8 miles) and finishing in the town of Saint-Dizier, was a key target of the Postals in this first week of the grueling three-week Tour.
Wearing tear drop-shaped helmets and riding aerodynamic bikes to go faster, the Postals won in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 27 seconds. It was their first win on this Tour, where Armstrong is aiming to equal Spanish great Miguel Indurain's record of five successive wins.
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