In 2005, Armstrong was beaten by American David Zabriskie in the stage 1 time trial by two seconds, despite having passed Ullrich on the road. His Discovery Channel team won the team time trial, while Armstrong won the final individual time trial. In the mountain stages, Armstrong's lead was attacked multiple times mostly by Ivan Basso, but also by T-mobile leaders Jan Ullrich, Andreas Kloden and Alexandre Vinokourov and former teammate Levi Leipheimer . But still, the American champion handled them well, maintained his lead and, on some occasions, increased it. To complete his record-breaking feat, he crossed the line on the Champs-Élysées on July 24 to win his seventh consecutive Tour, finishing 4 m 40s ahead of Basso, with Ullrich third. Another record achieved that year was that Armstrong completed the tour at the highest pace in the race's history: his average speed over the whole tour was km/h (26 mph).  In 2005, Armstrong announced he would retire after the 2005 Tour de France . 
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The son of Old Boy Andrew Murray Mc Gregor 1924/25 #146, Chris was born in Somerset West and raised in the Transkei at Blythswood where his father was headmaster of a mission was the the beginning of his musical appreciation, hearing and being exposed to the complicated Xhosa music environment.
Chris’s talent and ability slowly improved until he arrived at the GB, yet he survived developing the ability to play a multitude of instruments and excelling on the piano for both years,often adding glitz to what could have been drab occasions.
Leaving the Bothie he had to get a matric before he could consider further studies, therefore he went to Paarl Boys High to qualify, he then enrolled in the College of Music where he studied for four the day he had the accepted classical influences and at night he visited the local jazz clubs in District Six joining in and playing with our local musicians.
It was during this time that he became musical arranger, band leader and pianist in the theater band for the musical “Mr Paljas”which was released by Gallotone records.
His friends and he developed a mixture of South African black traditional music and black American jazz and formed a group to perform at the Soweto Jazz festival in took 2nd prize which led to the birth of the Blue Notes.
It was at this time that Chris arranged six tracks of compositions by yet unknown musicians who would become internationally known in jazz circles.
Now shortage of money forced the group to try raising funds by touring the country in an old Combi to gigs arranged by Maxine who had initially joined the group to arrange gigs and became road manager.
Chris and Maxine eventually married and she became an part of his life.