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Astana manager says Lance '50-50' for 2009 Tour de France

Updated: October 23, 2008, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- If he's looking for a reason to skip the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong now has a big one: Mont Ventoux.

In a break with tradition, the notorious mountain ascent will be featured on the race's next-to-last day in a tradition-busting innovation aimed at keeping the suspense going to the very end.

The seven-time champion was notably absent from Wednesday's unveiling in Paris of the 2009 route. Close friend and team manager Johan Bruyneel did attend and said there's only ...

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