From across the United States Americans flocked to Paris on Sunday to see Lance Armstrong, the man who had already beaten cancer, beat the world by winning the Tour de France.
The 27 year old old Texan became only the second American to win the world's premier cycle race.
The Tour de France cycle race always captures the world's attention.
It has long been one of the globe's most prestigious sporting events.
But this year was rather special for one group of fans gathered along the route of the race's final stage, through the streets of Paris.
They had travelled from the United States to cheer on American cyclist Lance Armstrong.
The 27-year-old Texan's victory was never in doubt all day.
He had amassed a commanding seven-minute, 37-second lead over his top rival and only a disastrous fall could have dashed his chances of becoming only the second American to win the race.
Armstrong's victory was all the more remarkable as only three years ago he had been diagnosed with a severe case of testicular cancer which already had spread to his lungs and brain.
At the time he was given only a 50 per cent chance of survival.
Armstrong had two operations - one to remove a testicle and one for brain lesions - and four rounds of chemotherapy.
On Sunday his fight back to competitive fitness was proved beyond all doubt and hundreds of his supporters were there to see it.
"The guy's been through so much, he deserves this more than anybody, he's going to do it and it's for him. This is his Tour de France. Tour de Lance."
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The Americans continued to cheer for Armstrong as the race headed towards the Paris finish line, with the cyclists completing ten laps of a loop that took them past some of the city's most famous landmarks.
In the end the 20th and final stage was won by Australia's Robbie McEwen.
Armstrong, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, finished 86th, but that was enough to win him the grand prize.
After crossing the line he was whisked away to meet his wife.
Armstrong's loyal teammates on the U-S Postal Service team got their own fair share of adulation from the Americans in the crowd.
One of them said he hoped the team had contributed to Armstrong's historic victory.
"First of all, of course, you have to have someone who's strong enough to wear the Yellow jersey and that was Lance. And then Lance needs some support from his team mates and I think the team did a great job."
SUPER CAPTION: Kevin Livingston, U.S. Postal Service team
Eventually Armstrong himself appeared, to cheers from the waiting crowd.
His win will give a huge boost to American cycling.
The contrast for the French team could not have been greater.
This year was the first since 1926 that a Frenchman did not win at least one of the stages.
Armstrong's team's managing director has compared a U-S victory to a French team winning the American football Super Bowl.
But for Armstrong himself, the best part of his victory was the message it would send to cancer sufferers throughout the world.