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Lance Armstrong returns to Tour de France roads

Published 1746 GMT (0146 HKT) July 16, 2015
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Lance Armstrong cycled a stage of the Tour de France for a leukemia charity, a day ahead of the competing riders. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
It was the first time the American, 43, rode a stage of cycling's premier event since being stripped of his record seven titles in the race due to long-term doping offenses. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Armstrong (left) agreed to take part for the charity ride organized by former English soccer player Geoff Thomas (right). They had lunch in the village of Villefranche d'Albigeois, southwest France. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Armstrong was joined by 11 other riders in Thursday's 198-kilometer (123-mile) leg of the "One Day Ahead" event. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Meanwhile, Spanish rider Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver won his second leg of the 2015 Tour for Team Katusha in Thursday's stage 12 -- a rain-hit 195 km trek between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Britain's Chris Froome, pictured here behind Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas, retained the leader's yellow jersey. Froome, the 2013 race winner, was two minutes and 52 seconds ahead of American Tejay van Garderen. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images