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Lance Armstrong has launched his Tour Down Under in Australia by breaking ground for a new cancer research centre in Adelaide.

The cyclist has been instrumental in raising funds to build the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, which will house over 100 researchers. The facility will also include a LiveStrong Research Wing, and Armstrong has offered doctors at the Flinders centre access to the Lance Armstrong Foundation's global network of researchers, philanthropists and political leaders.

“I am standing here today because I have been cured,” he said, "but it is important to keep in mind there are other stories – names we don’t know, faces we don’t know, stories we don’t know – which didn’t have the same outcomes.

“I look forward to hearing all the good stories that come out of this centre. This is the birth of hope and the birth of inspiration for so many people.

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