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