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Armstrong confirms Sarthe start

Lance Armstrong will ramp up his preparation for the Tour de France by taking part in the Circuit de la Sarthe from April 6-9, the organisers said Thursday.

By Agence France Presse

Armstrong in the 2003 Sarthe, followed by his then-Tour rival Jan Ullrich. AFP PHOTO FRANCK FIFE

RadioShack’s Lance Armstrong will ramp up his preparation for the Tour de France by taking part in the Circuit de la Sarthe from April 6-9, the organisers said Thursday.

It will be Armstrong’s fourth participation in the stage race, following his appearances in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Armstrong will also take part in the Milan-SanRemo on Saturday, the first classic of the season.