Lance Armstrong Withdraws from Leadville

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Mark Higgins, a spokesman for the cyclist, announced this morning that Armstrong will not be competing in this year's Leadville Trail 100, ESPN reports. According to Higgins, Armstrong will miss Saturday's mountain bike race in Colorado due to a latent hip injury, which resulted from a Tour de France crash.

The spokesman also noted that Armstrong wanted to spend time with his children before they return to school this fall, and ESPN speculates that recent renewal of drug use accusations has him wary of the limelight.

At last year's Leadville race, Armstrong won in record-setting form. He completed the 100-mile, high-elevation course in roughly 6 hours and 29 minutes.

--Riley Blanton

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