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Originally published Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1:10 PM

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Lance Armstrong to attend start of Vuelta Mexico

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will give the start signal at the Vuelta Mexico race, but won't compete in the eight-stage tour.

MEXICO CITY —

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will give the start signal at the Vuelta Mexico race, but won't compete in the eight-stage tour.

He will attend the start of the March 1-8 race in the southern city of Oaxaca on Sunday, after meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Saturday to launch his Livestrong anti-cancer campaign in Mexico.

The Vuelta features 10 Mexican teams and 10 foreign squads racing from Oaxaca to Mexico City. After a hiatus of several years, the race returned in 2008.

Armstrong said that a country the size of Mexico, with such diverse landscape needs to have a tour.

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