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Armstrong, leader Di Luca spark protest

Updated: May 17, 2009, 3:56 PM ET
Associated Press

MILAN -- Lance Armstrong already has a tenuous relationship with Tour de France organizers. Now his rapport with the Giro d'Italia appears at risk, too.

Armstrong played an integral role in a protest by riders over concerns about the safety of the ninth stage of the Giro on Sunday. As a result, all 190 riders were given the same time as winner Mark Cavendish.

"We saw in the first lap that the course wasn't safe," said overall leader Danilo Di Luca. "There were cars parked in the middle ...

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