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Armstrong won’t skip Games

Bicycling champion has broken vertebrae in neck

September 6, 2000

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— Two-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong broke a vertebrae in his neck when he collided with a car last month but still plans to race at the Sydney Olympics.

"He's going to lose some fitness from this, obviously," Dan Osipow, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service pro cycling team, said Tuesday.

The injury, which caused Armstrong to drop out of two races in Europe next weekend, was detected Monday after he had an MRI at a clinic in Monaco. X-rays taken after the Aug. 29 accident and again Saturday were negative.

Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, had complained of pain around his neck, prompting the additional tests. He said he can train "on a limited basis but that is very painful."

"It also makes me nervous when you are out on the open road and it is difficult to turn my neck either way to look at traffic and be aware of what's around," Armstrong said.

Armstrong, 28, is scheduled to compete in the Olympic road race on Sept. 27, and the individual time trial, where he is among the favorites, three days later.

He will miss Saturday's Paris-Brussels race and Sunday's Grand Prix Fourmies, but plans to compete in the GP des Nations, a time trial event, on Sept. 16.

After that, Armstrong will make a final decision on whether to ride in Sydney. Armstrong was diagnosed, in October 1996, with testicular cancer, which had spread to his lungs and brain. After chemotherapy, he came back to win the 1999 Tour de France.

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