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Armstrong fires back after Tour organizer says he has embarrassed race

Updated: October 4, 2008, 10:36 PM ET
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PARIS -- Lance Armstrong says the Tour de France organizer's new president is being pretentious by claiming that the seven-time champion has "embarrassed" cycling's premier race.

Jean-Etienne Amaury told French sports newspaper L'Equipe on Saturday, "We can't say that he has not embarrassed the Tour de France, as he has had a quite a complicated history with it."

The comment astounded Armstrong.

"I've stated clearly, my main objective in 2009 is ...

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