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Lance: I expected it to be easier

Updated: July 7, 2009, 4:31 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MONTPELLIER, France -- The Tour de France entered a time warp Tuesday, as 37-year-old Lance Armstrong came within a spoke's width of going into the overall lead of the race and sat down in a sweltering van behind the finish line to talk to reporters.

But there was one thing that distinguished the scene from any of the years when Armstrong held a choke hold on the Tour from 1999 through 2005.

Lance Armstrong confessed.

"Twelve months ago, I expected ...

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