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3. and 2. LanceLanceLanceLance!

At least 99.8 percent of Tour coverage this July is going to revolve around seven-time champ Armstrong’s return. (That’s an in-house ADVENTURE estimate, mind you.) And rightly so: No one’s done more to popularize the sport in the states. Still, after a three-and-a-half-year break from professional competition, is he still the rider to beat? We think so. Our eyes will be trained on: Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, and Levi Leipheimer. Okay, so we fudged and made this one a three-way tie. But after the 26-year-old Contador’s 2007 Tour de France win and Leipheimer’s first-place finish at last month’s Tour of California—where Armstrong finished 7th—it’s too close to call. The trio will be riding as teammates on the Astana ticket, but all three will be bidding for the yellow jersey. And if that promise of inter-team competition’s not enough to psyche you up for the Tour (www.letour.fr), this Armstrong lovefest likely will:
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