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No Special Security for Armstrong's Back to the Tour
    2008-12-03 08:45:06     Xinhua

Lance Armstrong (second right) pedals through a training session with other members of Astana, outside Arona, on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife on Monday, December 1, 2008. [Photo: Agencies]

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Tour de France officials confirmed Tuesday they had talked with Lance Armstrong after his announcement of returning to the race next year, saying no special security will be put in place for his comeback, French media reported.

"We recently had the opportunity to talk with him," Tour director Christian Prudomme said, "He told us of his wish to compete in the Tour and that if he did come back it would be above all for the sake of his foundation."

Prudhomme added he was not surprised that Armstrong was returning to the Tour.

Armstrong, who has won seven times in a row between 1999 and 2005, announced on Monday he would ride in the world's premier cycling race next year despite of expressed concerns over his personal safety on the French roads.

The 37-year-old American is currently training with his Astana team in Spain.

As a cancer survivor, Armstrong is always a controversial figure suspicious of how to achieve success without doping. Armstrong, however, never tested positive, and has repeatedly denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.



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