Tour of California's anti-doping rules clear way for Armstrong

Lance Armstrong at the front, Tour Down Under 2011, stage four

Lance Armstrong's chance to participate in the Tour of California in May is secured thanks to an anti-doping rule change.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will take over testing from the International Cycling Union (UCI) for the first time in the stage race's history. The Tour of California organiser yesterday announced the change as a means to toughen pre-race and targeted testing.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.