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09/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lance Armstrong, Ritter Discuss Bringing Major Stage Cycling Race To Colorado

August 11, 2009 -- Part-time Aspen resident Lance Armstrong, shortly after soundly beating top pro rider Jay Henry of Avon in Saturday's Blast the Mass mountain bike race in Snowmass, had lunch with Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to talk about reviving a Coors Classic-style staged road race.

That race, which began as the Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger in 1975 and ran as the wildly popular Coors Classic from 1979 to '88, included stages in Vail such as the Vail Pass Hill Climb and the Vail Village Criterium.

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