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Tour de France: Sporting fact or doping fiction?

Updated: June 22, 2013, 4:50 PM ET
Associated Press

(Eds: With BC-CYC--Tour de France-10 Riders to Watch; BC-CYC--Tour de France-Doping-Glance. With AP Photos.)

By JOHN LEICESTER

AP Sports Writer

PARIS -- Ahead of its 100th running starting next Saturday, the Tour de France remains a fantastic idea. Asking riders to pedal around Western Europe's largest country and up and down some of its tallest mountains for three weeks is still zany and whimsical enough to be interesting.

But is the Tour still worth taking seriously ...

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