Lance Armstrong's Comeback

Well he's done it, after all the hype, training, blogging, twittering Lance Armstrong made his race debut for Astana yesterday in the Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

Although not necessarily his first race, that will be on Tuesday, today was a 51k, 30 lap criterium. A 130,000 people turned up to see the event, where he finished up 64th with a time of 1hr 4mins, 24 seconds behind winner Aussie Robbie McEwen. So much is the popularity of Lance Armstrong's comeback, that the result even featured on the main page of the BBC News website.

Claiming he was taking it easy on his first time out at the back, he twittered afterwards "1st day done. Fast criterium but felt great to be back at it. Legs felt good".

In other good news, Mark Cavendish's new lead out man
for Team Columbia-High Road, Mark Renshaw came 11th.

You can follow the Tour Down Under on the offical website here.

2 comments:

YellowMonkey said...

Did anyone else see the error in the official program where Steegmans was confused with Sastre? And the dreadful guy who sang the national anthem?

http://monkeyatthecricket.blogspot.com/2009/01/disaster-in-adelaide.html

Woody said...

No I didn't hear about that. I think it's one of the problems with cycling at the moment, it's going through this period of growth and exposure however some of the cyclists are still relatively unknown personalities so I think there may be a couple of mistakes like this along the way!