Armstrong Lacks Punch, But Exceeds Expectations Including His Own

by Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 24, 2009 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong's return to professional cycling did not end in victory here at the Tour Down Under on Saturday. But the 37-year-old American, completing his professional comeback after a three-and-a-half year hiatus, is happy with his race form less than five months before fully testing his legs at the three-week Giro … [Read more...]

Davis Wins Again As Armstrong Feels The Heat Down Under

by Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 23, 2009 (AFP) - Australian Allan Davis grabbed his second stage win of the Tour Down Under Friday, taking revenge on compatriot and fellow sprinter Graeme Brown in another bunch sprint for the finish line. Davis, of Quick Step, beat Thursday's stage winner Brown in a hectic dash for the fourth stage honours after 145km (90 miles) of … [Read more...]

Armstrong Avoids Crash As Peloton Injuries Piling Up

by Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 22, 2009 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong avoided a potential fall in Thursday's third stage of the Tour Down Under that was marred by crashes, but eventually won by Australian Graeme Brown in a bunch sprint. His countryman Allan Davis, of Quick Step, finished just behind Rabobank sprinter Brown to narrowly retain the leader's ochre jersey. … [Read more...]

Armstrong Has Fears And Doubts, But Looks To Future

by Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 21, 2009 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong said Wednesday he doubted if his results from independent anti-doping tests would be given a fair hearing. However, the American said he would push ahead and publish data through independent anti-doping expert Don Catlin that proves he is racing clean. Armstrong is making his return to cycling here … [Read more...]