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Aug 13, 2010 2:33 PM by Greg Boyce

Leadville still hopes to see Lance Armstrong

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) - Co-founder Ken Chlouber is holding out hope that Lance Armstrong will change his mind and ride in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race that he won in record time last year.

Armstrong spokesman Mark Higgins said Tuesday that the cyclist was skipping this year's "Race Across the Sky" because he's still feeling lingering effects of a hip injury suffered in a crash early in the Tour de France. He said Armstrong also wants to spend time with his family before his children begin school.

With or without Armstrong, the lineup of more than 1,500 riders features more pro riders than ever. And even if Armstrong does show up for Saturday's race, Chlouber won't pick him to win it again.

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