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Armstrong Says His Tour Run is Over

If Lance Armstrong's latest statements are indicative of a final decision, the seven-time Tour de France winner is truly winding down toward retirement this season. Sporza is reporting that the Boss said on Sunday what a lot of people were thinking anyway, that Armstrong is not gearing up for another season of European cycling. So maybe this is anticlimactic. But the career that influenced so many American riders and fans, at least before the mud started to really fly in the last ten months, looks like it will end with the Tour Down Under in 2011 as well as a slate of as-yet-unnamed races on American soil. The Tour of California is a pretty solid bet for inclusion in his calendar, and perhaps he'll hang around for the inaugural Quiznos Challenge in August. But apart from the TdU, where he's planning to tout the Livestrong message of fighting back against cancer, Armstrong will not race outside the US... possibly ever.