Over 100,000 people reportedly flocked to Adelaide's Rymill Park to watch Lance Armstrong's (Astana) first professional race since announcing his return to cycling in September, 2008.
"It was amazing, people were 10 deep the whole way round the circuit, I have never seen a crowd like that at a bike race in Australia before, it's amazing," said hometown hero Stuart O'Grady. "It says so much for Australian cycling."
An initial official crowd figure reported the crowd to be some 121,000 people. The figure was, however, understated according to organizers who soon released the final official figure of 138,000 people – more than the original capacity of Sydney's Olympic Stadium.
"I love a crowd," said 36-year-old race winner Robbie McEwen (Katusha).