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Armstrong abandons Paris-Nice

Lance Armstrong has dropped out of Paris-Nice, reportedly suffering from a sore throat and fever. "Lance woke up this morning with a sore throat and with the cold weather, he began to feel worse throughout the day," Discovery Channel director Johan Bruyneel said. "By the time we got back to the hotel, he was running a fever and we thought it best that he should withdraw and go home," he added. Armstrong had ridden an undistinguished race, finishing 99th on Wednesday’s stage, the second consecutive stage of the so-called "Race to the Sun" to be shortened in response to wintry temperatures

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Armstrong on Wednesday

Armstrong on Wednesday

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Lance Armstrong has dropped out of Paris-Nice, reportedly suffering from a sore throat and fever.

“Lance woke up this morning with a sore throat and with the cold weather, he began to feel worse throughout the day,” Discovery Channel director Johan Bruyneel said.

“By the time we got back to the hotel, he was running a fever and we thought it best that he should withdraw and go home,” he added.

Armstrong had ridden an undistinguished race, finishing 99th on Wednesday’s stage, the second consecutive stage of the so-called “Race to the Sun” to be shortened in response to wintry temperatures and snowbound roads.

Armstrong had been sitting 62nd overall after three stages, more than 90 seconds behind race leader Tom Boonen (Quick Step).