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Armstrong visiting Tour's most grueling climb

Updated: July 17, 2006, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

GAP, France -- Lance Armstrong was back in a familiar spot -- at the top of L'Alpe d'Huez.

The retired seven-time Tour de France champion pedaled to the Alpine ski resort on Monday's Tour rest day, one day before riders attempt the grueling 116-mile 15th stage.

Armstrong plans to watch the stage on TV, visit the team bus before Wednesday's 16th stage and join manager Johan Bruyneel in the Discovery car on the course route.

Armstrong's presence could ...

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