Friday, February 20, 2009

Armstrong retrieves his bicycle

The stolen bike.

As we reported on Sunday, someone broke into Lance Armstrong's team truck and stole his time trial bike and three others out of their Ryder rental truck that was parked in an alley behind their Residence Inn motel. Lance is riding in the multi-stage Amgen Tour of California.

On Wednesday someone brought the stolen bike to a police station in the city of Sacramento where it was originally stolen. Even though he had a backup time trial bike, he had a second one made before the stolen bike was found. Here is a photo of part of the new bike he had built:

Armstrong is riding in a time trial today, and according to a message from him yesterday on Twitter:
I'm riding the old "hot" tt bike tomorrow. Had a replacement made too. Only diff was a line that said, "ride it like you stole it". Haha!
Before his time trial began today (which I am watching now, recorded on Tivo) Armstrong's cumulative time was 30 seconds behind the leader. After today there are two more stages, on Saturday and Sunday: Santa Clarita to Pasadena, and Rancho Bernardo to Escondido. The Sunday stage includes a trip up to Palomar Mountain and back. The race is televised live on the Versus channel.

1 comment:

ffemt said...

When I lived in San Jose, CA I rode on part of the course used for stage 3 of the race. Sierra Rd is very STEEP. Coming down it I could get up to 60mph sometimes.

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