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Armstrong to ride in first Giro D'Italia in lead-up to Tour de France

Updated: October 13, 2008, 2:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Lance Armstrong agreed Monday to ride in next year's Giro d'Italia and suggested the Italian race -- not the Tour de France -- will be the main target in his comeback season.

The American has never competed in the three-week Giro, considered the sport's most prestigious stage race after the Tour.

"Everyone is saying that the Giro will serve to prepare for the Tour," Armstrong said in a written statement released by organizers in Italian. "Actually, it could be that I come to ...

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