Lance Makes Comeback Down Under

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2009 2:12 PM CST
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, in front, cycles during the Tour Down Under cycling race in Adelaide, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.    (Aman Sharma)
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(Newser) – Lance Armstrong made a cautious return to professional cycle racing today, finishing 64th among 133 riders in a 30-mile criterium in downtown Adelaide, Australia. More than 138,000 people watched Armstrong return from three years of retirement and begin a campaign to win his eighth Tour de France. He stayed well back in a tight field, following instructions to avoid any chance of crashing. Armstrong will compete in the six-day Tour Down Under, which starts Tuesday.

"That was fun," the 37-year-old Armstong said. "It felt good. I've been training a lot for this comeback and this race. It's good the first day is over and now I can get into the racing."