Lance Armstrong‘s one-off Trek time trial bike has been handed in to police in California after it was stolen from the back of a team truck following the opening prologue of the Tour of California.

The unique bike was liveried in distinctive yellow and black ‘LiveStrong’ colours, and was estimated to have been worth around $10,000. According to news agency AP, a resident of Sacramento, California, handed the missing bike into police headquarters.

No explanation has been given as to why the bike was stolen, or subsequently returned.

It’s re-appearance is good timing. The riders in the Tour of California face a time trial stage tomorrow (Friday), and Armstrong must rank among one of the favourites for the stage.


2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: LINKS

STAGE REPORTS

Stage four: Cavendish battles over hills to wins stage

Stage three: Hushovd sprints home

Stage two: Leipheimer takes the lead

Stage one: Mancebo’s stage one win raises Puerto demons

Prologue: Cancellara Express derails the Armstrong show

NEWS & FEATURES

Boonen set to ride Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne after Tour of California

Cancellara abandons Tour of California

Armstrong’s bike stolen in California

Cavendish poised to take leaders jersey

Tour of California blog

Armstrong and Astana train for Tour of California

Mark Cavendish: Rider Profile

Lance Armstrong: Rider Profile

PHOTOS

Stage four photo gallery

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one photo gallery

Prologue photo gallery

Cycling Weekly photo gallery

2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA PREVIEW

2009 Tour of California race preview

Start list: all the riders

Team list: all the squads

2009 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGES

Saturday, February 14 Prologue details

Sunday, February 15 Stage one details

Monday, February 16 Stage two details

Tuesday, February 17 Stage three details

Wednesday, February 18 Stage four details

Thursday February 19 Stage five details

Friday, February 20 Stage six details

Saturday, February 21 Stage seven details

Sunday, February 22 Stage eight details

EXTERNAL LINKS

Tour of California official website