Armstrong ranked fifth by L’Equipe

Lance Armstrong's record-breaking sixth Tour de France triumph placed him fifth in L'Equipe's 'champ

Lance Armstrong’s record-breaking sixth Tour de France triumph placed him fifth in L’Equipe’s ‘champ

PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM After winning a record-breaking sixth Tour de France in July 2004, Lance Armstrong was elected to fifth place in the rankings for French newspaper L’Equipe’s 2004 ‘Champion of World Champions’ awards, published in early January. In a year filled with extraordinary performances, the title of ‘Champion of World Champions’ fell to Hicham el-Guerrouj, gold medallist in the 1,500 and 5,000 metres at the Athens Olympics. In second place was tennis star Roger Federer, winner of three Grand Slam tournaments last year, while swimming phenomenon Michael Phelps completed the illustrious podium. Valentino Rossi, the motorcycling GP champion, took fourth, with Armstrong in fifth, one place ahead of Michael Scumacher, the undisputed king of F1 racing. “I don’t have anything much to say about this trophy,” said Armstrong. “This year my objective was not to win awards, but to win the Tour de France once more. I achieved my goal and that is very satisfying. I don’t need anything more.” L’Equipe’s Champion of World Champions’ 2004 1. Hicham el-Guerrouj (athletics) 2. Roger Federer (tennis) 3. Michael Phelps (swimming) 4. Valentino Rossi (Moto GP) 5. Lance Armstrong (cycling) 6. Michael Schumacher (motor racing) 7. Kenenisa Bekele (athletics) 8. Hermann Maier (skiing) 9. Manu Gibolet (basketball) 10. Vijay Singh (golf)