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Floyd Landis, the Pennsylvania country kid who won the 2006 Tour de France in spectacular fashion, then lost the title on drug charges, returns to racing in the Amgen Tour of California, eager and nervous after a bitter two-year suspension from the sport.
A quick spin downtown offers few clues about the international invasion set to wheel through Modesto one week from today. Except for banners hung on I Street and posters on storefronts, there is almost no indication the Amgen Tour of California is coming back to town.
Judd Van Sickle has seen it all: the junk-food binges, the candy bars, the post-ride burgers.