Monday, January 19, 2009

Armstrong comes in 64th in Australia

If you didn't catch the news today, seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong came in 64th in a 51-kilometer criterium held in Adelaide, Australia yesterday.

The 30-lap crit of 133 finishers was won by Australian Robbie McEwen. Mostly a showpiece, the Cancer Council Classic was about important a race for Armstrong as the Las Vegas race he completed during Interbike in late September--that is a mixed public relations and warm up for more important things to come, according to reports by the NY Times.

The press that Lance would show probably helped boost the crowd at the event to its 138,000 attendance- many of them fans who had never seen Lance in person.

Armstrong who is now racing with the Astana team, will likely be racing for something more substantial than a warm up in the Tour Down Under, a six-day stage race that begins on Tuesday. That race will average about 140 KM per day except for the last day circuit race of 90 KM, and will feature 19 teams, including Armstrong's Astana, Team Columbia with George Hincapie, Caisse D'Espargne, Quickstep, Francais des Jeux, Euskatel, Milram, Lampre, Robobank, Liquibank, Garmin, Fuji-Servetto, Unisa, AG2R La Mondiale, Silence-LOTTO, and Team Katusha.

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