5. Various of people behind barriers waiting to watch race
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop:
"Well because he's from the States, to win it once is incredible, as far as... he was five per cent away from death, it's an incredible story as far as cancer... what a story for any cancer patient. We're all from the States, to be here, we've been on the road for two and a half weeks, we've done Kilimanjaro. But we started here, we backed everything up so we could be here this morning to watch Lance make history and win number six."
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop:
"We planned our whole trip so we could be here to watch Lance Armstrong win for a record sixth time, and we're really proud of him, he's a great athlete and a survivor."
8. Various race fans
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop:
"I think maybe for the French sports, they're used to taking drugs so they have to make those accusations when someone wins. However I don't think for the Americans that's how it works usually and I think Lance is clean. So that's why we're here - to show support probably for that too. And I think that's why you get so many Americans out here."
10. Race clock and finish line
11. Tilt down of finish line
13. Barriers lining the road
14. German fans
15. Sign in support for American cyclist Lance Armstrong and German cyclist Jan Ullrich
American cyclist Lance Armstrong has just one more line to cross on Sunday before seizing his place in sporting history as the first six-time winner of the celebrated Tour de France.
The tour is an agonising, 23-day race that rewards the fastest overall racer.
Champagne was guaranteed to flow among Armstrong's US Postal team as they pedal from Montereau south of Paris to the finish line on the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard so the 32-year-old Texan can collect the winner's yellow jersey.
Only a crash or other disaster can stop him from becoming, in titles at least, the greatest of the tour's 53 winners.
American fans were gathering behind barricades along the race route in the French capital to see the athlete pedal to victory.
Many had arranged trips or holidays, around the final leg of the race.
While Armstong's victory is all but assured when the race ends at about 5:30 pm (1530 GMT), a furious battle was expected for the green jersey that rewards the race's best sprinter.
Robbie McEwen, Thor Hushovd and Eric Zabel will still be vying for that title.
As overall leader, Armstrong set out last Saturday on the rolling 55-kilometre (34.1-mile) time trial course that looped south of Besancon, the birthplace of literary giant Victor Hugo.
At the first time check 18 kilometres (11 miles) in, Armstrong was already 43 seconds quicker than Germany's Jan Ullrich, considered the American's chief rival when the race got under way July 3.
At the finish, the Texan almost caught Ivan Basso, even though the Italian started three minutes ahead of him.
The stage win was Armstrong's fifth this Tour, bettering his previous best of four in a single Tour since he inaugurated his reign in 1999 having conquered cancer.
Armstrong was crowned world champion in Oslo, in 1993 at the age of just 21, but in 1996 he had to put his career on hold when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Despite being given only a 50/50 chance of survival, he fought against the deadly disease and returned to win every Tour de France since 1999.
One race fan said Armstrong's story was an inspiration for cancer patients everywhere.