Lance Armstrong Jan 2009 TDU

At most a dozen journalists were present as the US Postal rider, accompanied by his then wife Kristin and then directeur sportif Johnny Weltz, paced into a hotel conference room on the outskirts of Seville in early February 1998. He looked a little haggard, but defiant: Lance Armstrong was back.

Armstrong had chosen to make his definitive comeback race to cycling from cancer in the Tour of Andalusia that year - and it was low-key in anybody?s book.

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