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I'm still Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong says

Lance Armstrong, in a rare interview, says he still considers himself a Tour de France champion despite his spectacular fall from grace for using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong -- stripped of his record seven Tour titles -- told Outside magazine he thinks his fellow competitors would agree he genuinely won cycling's greatest event. "Yes, I feel that I won the races," he said in what Outside billed as his first public appearance since his January 2013 doping confession to talk show diva Oprah Winfrey following years of denials.

Cycling: Missing Giro was my choice, says Porte

Australian Richie Porte has revealed that it was his decision rather than Team Sky's to take him off their Giro d'Italia team in May. Sky announced their nine-man Giro team on Thursday, with Briton Peter Kennaugh, Dario Cataldo of Italy and Belarussian Kanstantin Siutsou leading the British team, who will be aiming for stage wins rather than overall GC success.

Cycling: Schleck seeking pre-Tour results boost

Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck is desperate to get a positive result at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday to boost his confidence ahead of July's Grand Boucle. Schleck, who was awarded the 2010 Tour when Alberto Contador was stripped of his victory for doping, has not had a top 10 finish in any major race since the 2011 Tour. There he finished second to Australian Cadel Evans but since then, injury and other problems have seen Schleck lose all semblance of the form he showed to finish in the Tour's top two three years running.

Cycling: Gilbert unconcerned by Fleche disappointment

Amstel Gold winner Philippe Gilbert brushed off his disappointing 10th placed finish at Fleche Wallonne, insisting he is focused on Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The 31-year-old Belgian was the clear favourite coming into Wednesday's race having blitzed the opposition in last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, where he finished five seconds clear of second-placed Jelle Vanendert despite letting up as he celebrated his win before crossing the line.

Cycling: Valverde wins second Fleche Wallonne

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Movistar team leader, who also won this race in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride to claim his fourth victory in an Ardennes Classics. Garmin's Martin finished 3sec down with Omega-Pharma's Kwiatkowski another second further back.

Cycling: Valverde wins second Fleche Wallonne

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The Movistar team leader, who also won this event in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride to claim his fourth victory in an Ardennes Classic. Garmin's Martin finished 3sec down with Omega-Pharma's Kwiatkowski another second further back.

Cycling: Valverde wins second Fleche Wallonne

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The Movistar team leader, who also won this event in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride to claim his fourth victory in an Ardennes Classic. Garmin's Martin finished 3sec down with Omega-Pharma's Kwiatkowski another second further back.

Cycling: Valverde wins second Fleche Wallonne

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Movistar team leader, who also won this race in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride to claim his fourth victory in an Ardennes Classic. Garmin's Martin finished 3sec down with Omega-Pharma's Kwiatkowski another second further back.

Cycling: Omega put Fleche faith in Pole Kwiatkowski

Omega-Pharma Quick-Step have put their faith in Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski for Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race. Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the 199.5km race last year and matched that position at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Having ended the Cobbled Classics on a high with Niki Terpstra's victory at Paris-Roubaix, Omega-Pharma have made the in-form 23-year-old their sole leader.

Cycling: Omega put Fleche faith in Pole Kwiatkowski

Omega-Pharma Quick-Step have put their faith in Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski for Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race. Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the 199.5km race last year and matched that position at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Having ended the Cobbled Classics on a high with Niki Terpstra's victory at Paris-Roubaix, Omega-Pharma have made the in-form 23-year-old their sole leader.
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