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The International Olympic Committee stripped Armstrong of the time-trial medal in January after he publicly confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Armstrong says he gave it back to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Only an accident or other freak mishap on Sunday's largely ceremonial final ride to Paris could stop Froome from winning the 100th Tour, a year after Bradley Wiggins won the 99th.
At his first real opportunity, Chris Froome blew away his main Tour de France rivals with a supersonic burst Saturday, a fierce uphill climb that felt a little like the bad old days of Lance Armstrong.
Considered an outsider to win the 15.5-mile dash along the streets of the southern seaport of Nice, Gerrans' team Orica Greenedge edged pacesetter Omega Pharma-Quickstep. Orica finished in a provisional time of 26 minutes, 25 seconds, with the top four teams all within 10 seconds.
Starting from the harbor town of Porto Vecchio, the flat 132-mile stage first took riders inland before snaking along the Corsican coast to finish in Bastia.
The "Manx Missile" is a favorite to win the mostly flat Stage 1 (132 miles) from Porto Vecchio to Bastia in the race debut on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on Saturday.
Armstrong told Le Monde he still considers himself the standard-bearer for Tour victories, even though all seven of his titles were stripped from him last year for doping.
Froome has a chance to prove over the next three weeks what some suspected in 2012 — that he could have won last year's Tour de France if he hadn't had to give way for his teammate, Bradley Wiggins.
Tennis is adopting the biological passport program and increasing the number of blood tests as part of a new anti-doping drive that players themselves have demanded.