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Cycling: Armstrong Pau-faced.

TOUR de France leader Lance Armstrong, cleared of doping allegations by the International Cycling Union in Pau yesterday, angrily claimed he is being persecuted by "vulture journalists".

Traces of a banned corticoid showed up in Armstrong's urine, but he used a cream to cure an allergy and had a medical prescription for it.

TOUR DE FRANCE.- STAGE 16: (192km Lannemezan to Pau): 1 D Etxebarria (Spa) ONCE 5 hrs 17 mins 7 secs; 2 C Contreras (Col) Kelme; 3 A Elli (Ita) Telekom; all same time. Leading overall standings: 1 L Armstrong (US) US Postal 78 hrs 2 mins 53 secs; 2 F Escartin (Spa) Kelme 6 mins 15 secs behind; 3 A Zuelle (Switz) Banesto 7:28.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 22, 1999
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