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This road course even too much for some of cycling's toughest riders

Updated: August 9, 2008, 6:46 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

JUYONGGUAN, China -- Cyclists are used to pain. They embrace pain. They thrive on pain. They aren't truly satisfied unless their lactic-acid levels are in the red zone, their lungs feel as if they've gone through a paper shredder and their legs feel as if they're filled with concrete.

But apparently there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and Saturday was it.

Of the 143 cyclists who started the men's individual road race, which began at the Temple of Heaven ...

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