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Tour to start without number one

The number one dossard traditionally worn by a defending Tour de France champion will be nowhere in sight when the race begins in London this Saturday, according to race organisers ASO.

With the outcome of 2006 winner Floyd Landis' arbitration hearing still pending, ASO have elected to start the numbering at 11, which will be awarded to a rider from the Caisse d'Epargne team. However, it is yet to be revealed whether team leader Alejandro Valverde or 2006 runner-up Oscar Pereiro will wear the number 11.

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