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Armstrong Takes Part In Bike Race Amid Controversy

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - For a few hours, Lance Armstrong was back in his element - on a bike and in a race.
    
No controversies, little fanfare.
    
The escape Saturday into the mountains around Aspen, Colo., comes a day after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disciplined Armstrong with a lifetime ban from professional cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles after deciding he used performance-enhancing drugs.
    
There were only a handful of fans at the start of the Power of Four mountain bike competition, a 36-mile trek that includes plenty of climbing.
    
Asked if he was ready, Armstrong said, "I hope so."
    
Armstrong's busy weekend includes a marathon Sunday. He may be banned from cycling, but it hasn't diminished his passion for competition.

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