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As they gather for Tour, cycling world hopes worst is behind them

Updated: July 5, 2008, 1:57 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

BREST, France -- Tour de France organizers like to say that their beloved endurance race can endure anything, and the last couple of editions may have proved that.

Two years of near-unrelenting doping scandals and political upheaval in the sport threatened to do what two world wars could not -- force this three-week celebration of physical and mental fortitude permanently off course.

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