Lance Armstrong has arrived in Adelaide, Australia, for the 2009 Tour Down Under and his official comeback to the sport of professional cycling.
The seven-times tour de France winner has already hit the roads training, and has now ditched the black LiveStrong kit in favour of his team Astana colours. It’s an odd sight – a high profile American wearing the strip of an eastern European squad.
A year ago it would have seemed like a ludicrous proposition that Armstrong would have come out of retirement and joined the team, yet here we are…
Armstrong has publicly stated that he is not out to win the Tour Down Under, but that won’t stop the world’s media paying him most of the attention in the UCI World Calendar season opener.
The six-stage Tour Down Under runs from January 20-25 and is based entirely in and around Adelaide, South Australia.
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