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    Lance Armstrong

    "It's over, let's just say that," Armstrong says of his globetrotting.

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    Lance Armstrong

    "No more long trips to Africa."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "It's time to bump it up a bit."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "But I've got no regrets. Man I had a good time last year. When you're having a baby in Colorado, I wasn't going to be anywhere else."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "We'll change it this time."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "Last year we had the strongest team in the race," he said. "Eight of those nine guys are on RadioShack."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "It's definitely real," Armstrong says of his rivalry with Contador. "The realest I've ever felt."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "And I'm on the opposite end of it now. In the past, a lot of [my rivalries] were kind of manufactured, and I had the upper hand. This one's not manufactured, and I have the low stack. Just from a power perspective, where we are in our careers. Alberto's at the top of his game and probably going to get better."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "And I'm certainly not going to get any better. I might get better than I was last year, but I won't get better than I was ten years ago. So that's a little challenging."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "I'm a realist and an optimist," Armstrong says. "Realistically this is very difficult."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "Alberto's complete, he's young, he's explosive. You can go on and on."

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    Lance Armstrong

    "But at the same time I can sit back and go, 'Shit, I'm optimistic, too.' I can address it in the training. The team can play a part. I can look at the course and go, 'OK, seven sections of cobblestones on Stage 3: That's a plus.' Who's going to make it through that? I think it will be a decisive day."

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