Armstrong drops out of Tour of California after crash

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UPDATE: At at 2:45 p.m., Lance Armstrong sent out the following message via Twitter:
"I'm alive. Fell face first and banged elbow pretty good. Xrays on the elbow were neg. Extremely disappointed not to be able 2 continue."
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Armstrong crashed just before 11:30am. His cycling team director says he's headed to the hospital for x-rays.

The cyclists were on a two-lane road outside Visalia a few miles into the race when a rider in the main group skidded on some gravel and fell, causing others, including Armstrong, to crash.

Afterward, Armstrong sat on the ground with his legs spread out, his elbows on his knees and his hands on his face. His left cheek was bloodied in the wreck, and his left eye appeared swollen.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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