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Tour de France starts with Americans 2nd, 3rd

Updated: July 1, 2006, 1:06 PM ET
Associated Press

STRASBOURG, France -- Norway's Thor Hushovd began the post-Lance Armstrong era of the Tour de France by winning the prologue Saturday, a day after two of cycling's best riders were swept away in a doping scandal that has shaken the sport.

Hushovd becomes the first rider to wear the leader's yellow jersey in a race thrown wide open by the investigation in Spain. He narrowly beat George Hincapie, an American who once rode with Armstrong. Another American, David Zabriskie, was third over ...

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