Armstrong rules himself out of Giro contention

Armstrong will be looking for stage wins at the giro (Getty)
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Lance Armstrong has ruled out his chances of winning this year's centenary Giro d'Italia.

Former seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong ruled out his chances of winning this year's centenary Giro d'Italia.

Armstrong is coming back from a broken collarbone suffered in a crash during the Vuelta Castilla y Leon race in Spain on March 25.

His Giro participation had initially looked in doubt but now that he has been declared fit to ride in the race which begins on Saturday with a team timetrial in Venice, Armstrong admits overall victory would still be beyond him.

"I feel better than I did a month ago but I'm not feeling good like (Ivan) Basso or (Danilo) Di Luca," Armstrong said at a press conference in Rome.

"I won't be racing for the (winner's) pink jersey but for myself, my team (Astana) and my (Livestrong cancer) foundation."

However, the 37-year-old American admitted he would be disappointed if he failed to win a stage.

Armstrong will be competing in his first Giro but has not taken part in a three-week stage race since the last of his Tour de France titles in 2005, after which he retired before announcing a comeback at the end of last year.

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