Category: Tour Down Under

Armstrong returns to Australia for last non-US bike race

Lance Armstrong will return to Adelaide in January to compete in the Tour Down Under bicycle race, which he says will be his last outside the US.

The 39-year-old Texan launched his comeback at that race in 2009 after a 3-1/2 year hiatus from pro cycling.

In a statement, Armstrong said:

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“I’m excited to be competing in my last professional ride outside the U.S. at the Tour Down Under. It will be my third time …

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Greipel wins Tour Down Under; Australia's Sutton wins finale

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I don't know how many ochre-colored leaders' jerseys were prepared for the Tour Down Under, but one would have been sufficient this year.

Andre Greipel donned the leader's jersey after the first stage on Tuesday and retained it through the week to win the 2010 Tour Down Under championship on Sunday.

Team Sky's Chris Sutton won the final stage, a 56-mile criterium around Adelaide. It was the only stage won by an Australian on his home soil this week.

US-based Team HTC Columbia certainly deserves a huge credit for Greipel's repeat of his 2008 Tour Down Under championship. Columbia controlled the peloton all week

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Lance Armstrong, who arrived to great fanfare with the new RadioShack cycling team, finished in 25th place overall ….

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Sanchez wins Stage 5; Greipel retains Tour Down Under lead

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Andre Greipel and his HTC-Columbia pro cycling team fended off an attempt to unseat him from the overall lead of the Tour Down Under on Saturday in Australia.

Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez, at left, a member of the breakaway that threatened Greipel, won Stage 5 and climbed into 2nd place overall, 11 seconds behind the German.

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To repeat his 2008 Tour Down Under championship, Greipel has to survive the 20-lap, 56-mile criterium around Adelaide. There are 25 cyclists who are less than a minute behind Greipel, although they'll have to break the strangehold by Team Columbia to win the Tour ..

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Good grief! Greipel is 3 for 4 at Tour Down Under

With just two stages remaining, Andre Greipel won his third sprint in four days at the Tour Down Under on Friday.

The German sprinter for US-based HTC-Columbia has dominated the bike race that ends Sunday in Australia. He and his teammates must be planning ways to help him survive his slim 20-second overall lead to repeat his championship of 2008.

Meanwhile, Lance Armstrong, who was paid an undisclosed sum to return and race this year, made an appearance at the front of the peloton that was so unusual for this race that it was reported by the Associated Press.

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Armstrong and RadioShack teammate Tomas Vaitus took a flyer with about 2 miles left in the race ..

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Dark horse Manuel Cardoso wins Stage 3 of Tour Down Under

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On a day when commentators touted a handful of favorites to win a grueling bike race, a little known 26-year-old from Portugl handily won his first ProTour victory on Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under on Thursday.

Cyclist Manuel Cardoso of Footon-Servetto charged ahead of the peloton, leaving the big names of Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and world champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) to finish in 2nd and 3rd.

Lance Armstrong finished in the first pack to finish 30th, 1 second behind Cardoso. Overall, he sits in 26th place, 20 seconds behind the leader, Andre Greipel.

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There's not much information out there about Cardoso, who hadn't earned his own Wikipedia entry yet. …

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Greipel repeats win in Stage 2 at Tour Down Under

It's early yet, but Andre Greipel looks to be dominating this year's Tour Down Under as he took the mass sprint finish in Stage 2 on Wednesday in Australia — his second win in as many days.

The 27-year-old German is the overall leader in the race and may be looking to repeat his 2008 championship at the Tour Down Under, which ends Sunday.

Greipel appeared to be followed across the line by New Zealand's Greg Henderson (Team Sky) and Australia's Robbie McEwen (Katusha), according to radio reports. RadioShack's Gert Steegmans, who finished in 2nd place in Stage 1, didn't appear to factor in the Stage 2 finish.

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Meanwhile, the captain of that RadioShack Team, Lance Armstrong, finished 48th on the stage and 39th overall…..

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Greipel wins Stage 1 at Tour Down Under

Team HTC-Columbia might have had some personnel changes in the off-season, but the US-based team still packs plenty of punch as Andre Greipel won Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under on Tuesday in Australia.

If Columbia is suffering from the notable absence of George Hincapie, who went to BMC Racing, it wasn't evident on the 87-mile route from Clare to Tanunda.

The team took charge of the peloton to reel back a 9-minute margin to a three-man breakaway, then led their man to the front of a bunch sprint.

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Gert Steegmans, on Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack, finished in second place. Armstrong finished in 46th. …

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Team Sky is the limit at Tour Down Under pre-race opener

Great Britain's Team Sky marked its inaugural race by taking 1st and 2nd places in the Cancer Council Helpline Classic, the precursor to Australia's Tour Down Under that starts Tuesday.

Teammates Greg Henderson and Chris Sutton took 1st and 2nd in the 31-mile criterium around Adelaide, which drew some 100,000 onlookers.

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Launching the second year of his comeback, Lance Armstrong took a 20-second lead on the peloton for a couple of laps with four other ridres, including another Tour de France winner, Oscar Pereiro …

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Armstrong returns, but many contend for Tour Down Under

Lance Armstrong returns to Australia for the Tour Down Under next week in better shape than in last year's comeback season and with his own cycling team — Team Radio Shack.

Still, he told the Sydney Morning Herald that he doesn't expect to be in contention to win the bike race that rolls out Jan. 17-24. Team Shack instead will be looking to take stage wins at TDU with sprinter Gert Steegmans of Belgium.

Which is just as well, because the rosters for this year's race reveals a host of cyclists that can take the overall honors.

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First there's 29-year-old Aussie Allan Davis, above right, who wore the QuickStep jersey last year when he won three stages on his way to the Tour Down Under championship. He's returning this year as a member of the decimated Astana team, who lost many riders to Radio Shack. Oscar Pereiro also is appearing with the Astana team. …

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2010 Tour Down Under bike race schedule and TV coverage

The Tour Down Under is bringing a host of pro cycling luminaries to the roads of South Australia from Jan. 17 through 24. The Versus cable network will kick off its 2010 cycling coverage with daily tape-delayed updates from the race.

Cycling enthusiasts in the US must compute some “Back-to-the-Future”-style time zone calculations to keep track of the live action, however, as the 6-stage race takes place 15 1/2 hours ahead of East Coast time, and 18 1/2 hours ahead of West Coast time.

For instance, Stage 1 begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Clare, South Australia; that's 7:30 p.m. Monday in New York and 4:30 p.m. Monday in Seattle. Versus will televise a half-hour show from that stage at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Crazy, eh Professor? You can find the current time in Adelaide and start times for all the races in the right sidebar on the Tour Down Under pages …

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