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The most significant International Olympic Committee meeting in a generation takes place this weekend – the committee will choose a host city for 2020 at the weekend amid reservations about all three candidates. Shortly after, it will have to decide on a successor for Jacques Rogge, president of the movement.

Thomas Bach, a German lawyer, is the favourite in the presidential race. But the decision over the 2020 host will be more difficult. Here’s what’s happened in the campaign so far and why the decision will be an uncomfortable one: Read more

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They wanted an admission of cheating, an apology and some sense of remorse from Lance Armstrong.

They got that, within the first 90 seconds.

More memorably, they got a glimpse of a silver-tongued egomaniac as he justified his way through a one-and-a-half-hour sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.

The stories that the world’s most famous cyclist was a jerk (Oprah’s words, not mine) have circulated for years. This time, the world saw it first hand instead of reading about him threatening former teammates, cornering people in bars and publicly accusing them of being crazy and vindictive. Read more

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By Jennifer Hughes

Remember Greg LeMond? The name of the three-time Tour de France winner doesn’t resonate far outside of cycling now but as of today, he will be the only American to have won the race in US officials’ eyes.

Lance Armstrong’s decision not to contest further doping allegations levelled by anti-doping authorities means they consider him stripped of his record seven Tour titles. Armstrong’s and LeMond’s Tour-winning successor and compatriot, Floyd Landis, has already lost his 2006 win for doping. Read more

Here’s what we’ve been chatting about today: 

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