Armstrong pulls out of early triathlon; still racing Tour Down Under

A reported sore knee will keep Lance Armstrong from competing in his “comeback” triathlon in New Zealand on Jan. 29, but he still plans to compete in Australia's Tour Down Under the preceding week.

The 2011 Blue Lake Multisport Festival was expected to be Armstrong's first test at a triathlon, a new career for the 7-time Tour de France winner as he fades out of pro cycling.

The Blue Lake is not one of the grueling Iron Man classics; it's called a sprint triathlon that features a .6-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike race and 3.1-mile run.

Armstrong reportedly still plans to ride the Tour Down Under from Jan. 16-23 for his RadioShack team. Big news for that team is that Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen has joined the squad.

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