Contador and Petacchi skip Tour presentation amid doping investigations

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Tour de France organiser ASO will present next year's route on Tuesday in Paris without two of this year's biggest stars: overall winner Alberto Contador and sprints winner Alessandro Petacchi. They both are involved in doping investigations and both have decided it is better to stay at home.

Petacchi's team Lampre-Farnese received an invitation from race organiser ASO, which encouraged the team to bring any of its riders. However, only Lampre Press Officer Andre Appiani and Sports Director Fabrizio Bontempi will attend. Petacchi, the team says, will instead meet with Aldo Sassi tomorrow at the Mapei training centre.

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