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Tour-Bettini eyes gold in Athens, not Tour glory

Updated: July 18, 2004, 3:14 PM ET

By Stephen Farrand

NIMES, France, July 18 - While Lance Armstrong continues his quest for a record sixth Tour de France title, Italy's Paolo Bettini has set his sights on Olympic gold.

Bettini, currently ranked number three in the cycling world rankings, knows he cannot compete with the main Tour contenders in the mountains or time trials.

Instead he is using the three-week race to prepare for the Olympic road race in Athens on August 14.

"I'm not here to win the Tour but ...

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