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Armstrong joins Discovery training camp

One familiar figure at Discovery Channel's training camp in Solvang yesterday was none other than seven time Tour champion Lance Armstrong who joined the team for part of their training ride around the Southern California hills. Despite being fully decked out in 2007 Discovery Channel team kit, Armstrong laughed off questions from journalists about a possible return to the professional ranks.

According to the team's official website,, Discovery have also spent time reconnoitering the 14.5 mile time trial course from stage five of this years Tour of California, riding the route three times.

The Tour of California starts on February 18 in San Franciso where Ivan Basso is expected to make his 2007 racing debut.

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