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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
Armstrong faced threats
Lance Armstrong
Tour de France leader Lance Armstrong was the subject of threats ahead of the L'Alpe d'Huez time trial on Wednesday.

Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc has revealed that special security measures were taken to protect the American.

"There were threats and we took that into account," said Leblanc, who told Armstrong, but would not disclose to the public where they had come from.

Armstrong was particularly vulnerable during the steep 15km climb, riding alone and at a relatively slow speed.




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