Several thousand cyclists gathered at the state capitol yesterday to celebrate the return of an international stage race to Colorado. Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong and Governor Bill Ritter made the announcement in front of an almost giddy crowd. Bente Birkeland has more.

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