Lance Armstrong says this retirement is permanent

Armstrong taking a break from cycling

This time it's for real. Lance Armstrong is calling it"Retirement 2.0" and the 39-year-old cyclist is making it clearthere is no reset button this time.

The announcement comes almost a month after finishing 65th inhis last competitive race in Australia, and nearly six yearsremoved from the last of an unprecedented seven straight Tour deFrance titles.

At the start of an exclusive interview Tuesday with TheAssociated Press he said "Never say never," but quickly added,"Just kidding."

Armstrong says he has no regrets and that "It's been anexcellent ride." He adds that he really believed he had a chance towin one more Tour de France.

Armstrong spoke to the AP in a telephone interview and in avideotaped interview from his office in Austin, Texas.

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