Tour Down Under pulls massive crowd

The peloton racing in Adelaide

The peloton racing in Adelaide (Image credit: Mark Gunter)

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).

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.