When Lance Armstrong makes his official comeback to professional cycling at the Tour Down Under in Australia this month, he will be flanked by an elite police security team.
Organisers of the Australian stage race have been liaising with local police to organise sufficient security for the seven-times Tour de France winner according to a report on Adelaide Now. Protection has been sought as race organisers are unsure of how the crowds will react to Armstrong's presence.
The police security team will travel with Armstrong during training rides and comes in addition to the Texan star's personal security staff. Exact details of Armstrong's security will not be revealed, for obvious reasons. However, police will restrict public access to areas where the star is training if the need arises.
Armstrong is currently training in Hawaii, and is expected to touch down in Australia early next week for final pre-race preparations. 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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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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