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Lance is the word... but not the favourite

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Cycling News
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January 15, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
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April 22, 2009, 17:47 BST
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Latest Cycling News, January 15, 2009
Lance Armstrong makes his first visit to the Tour Down Under

Lance Armstrong makes his first visit to the Tour Down Under

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By Greg Johnson and Les Clarke Australian cycling fans have only got one man on their mind this...

By Greg Johnson and Les Clarke

Australian cycling fans have only got one man on their mind this week: Lance Armstrong. The American is making his return to professional cycling at next week's Tour Down Under, but the seven-time Tour de France winner's early arrival in Australia's fifth largest city - Adelaide, South Australia – has local media and race fans alike in a flutter.

Despite tough talk from local authorities of a four-vehicle Police escort for training rides, on Armstrong's first training ride he was flanked only by other big-name riders like Stuart O'Grady and Pat Jonker. It's something that has proven a pleasant surprise amongst local enthusiasts, who have found themselves riding in a bunch with the cycling legend on their morning ride.

While the first test of Armstrong's fitness is a topic of interest, there's also a race to be had and chances are Armstrong is not going to be in the running for that title. After becoming the discovery of last year's event and cycling season, Team Columbia's André Greipel will return to defend his title.

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