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Armstrong’s American heirs battle to regain trust

June 28, 2013

PARIS (AP) — They grew up watching Texan Lance Armstrong winning the Tour de France every year.

Now American riders like Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen carry the burden of winning back the trust from fans back home who were angered by the seven-time Tour winner’s doping.

Talansky and van Garderen, both 24, are considered the best of the six Americans in the 100th Tour, which begins on Saturday. They also will be competing for the white jersey awarded to the best young rider.

It is the first Tour since Armstrong admitted to doping last year and had all seven of his titles stripped.

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