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Will This Be Armstrongs’ Last Tour de France?

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This coming Saturday will mark the beginning of the Tour de France, the most prestigious and famous cycling competition in the world. This grueling and very lengthy (2200 miles) race attracts riders from all corners of the globe and rigorously tests their ability and endurance to the limits.

Undoubtedly the most well-known name associated with that race is Lance Armstrong who won an unprecedented seven straight victories from 1999 through 2005. After a three year “retirement”, Armstrong returned last year to the sport that brought him international recognition and ended up finishing in third place. This year, once again, he will be among the nearly two hundred athletes competing for the yellow jersey that identifies the champion.

According to a recent twitter from Armstrong who will turn 39 in September, this years race will be his last. Judging from past history, it is certain that he will give it everything he’s got. Whether that will be enough to claim the victory is another matter. Although it would be foolish to count him out completely, the overall favorite for this year is Alberto Contador who was the winner of 2009’s tour. However it turns out, there will be three weeks of glorious riding taking place throughout France and bordering countries.

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