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Lance Armstrong Returns to Cycling

March 27, 2005

ALSEMBERG, Belgium (AP) _ Six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong returned to cycling Sunday, finishing in the pack at the Brabant Arrow race.

Armstrong, who pulled out of the Paris-Nice event earlier this month with a sore throat, said this race was used to prepare him for bigger competitions later this year _ including his run for another Tour de France victory in July.

``It’s probably not realistic to think I can get a result, I haven’t raced since Paris-Nice and that was obviously not very good,″ he said before the race.

Armstrong also will participate in the Paris-Camembert race Tuesday.

Spanish world champion Oscar Freire won the 123-mile event in 4 hours, 38 minutes, 56 seconds. Marc Lotz of the Netherlands was second and Belgium’s Axel Merckx finished third.

American George Hincapie finished sixth.

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