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Barring a last-minute backtrack, on Thursday morning the Tour de France organisers ASO will purchase 49 percent of the Tour of Spain.

According to the Spanish sporting press, the deal is expected to be signed in Madrid at midday in a lawyer?s office. Rumour has it that television company Antena 3 will retain the overall control, with current Vuelta director Ignacio Ayuso remaining the race?s top executive.

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