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Baumanns Trek TTX is back at home at Mellow Johnnys. Photo credit: Austin360.com

Baumann’s Trek TTX is back at home at Mellow Johnny’s.

Photo credit: Austin360.com

A Trek Equinox TTX time trial bike stolen from Lance Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin, Texas has been recovered and returned to the shop after it was purchased at a flea market in Guanajuato, Mexico in January. The bike, which belongs to Trek and was used by Ryan Baumann of the Trek-Livestrong U23 team last season, was stolen back in November after thieves smashed through a glass door in the back of Mellow Johnny’s. The shop acts as the service course for the Trek-Livestrong team.

A cyclist purchased the bike at the flea market and took it to a local Trek representative, who identified the bike and made arrangements to have it returned. The bike, which had no wheels when it was purchased from the flea market, appears to be in fairly good condition with no damage to the frame or components, according to store manager Ted Arnold. No word on the future of the bike; Baumann is racing for the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team this season.

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A 3-D rendering of Armstrong on his TT rig.

Lance Armstrong embraced some high-tech body imaging technology to hone his aerodynamic time trial position this week, working with Burbank, California based Cyber F/X, a 3-D scanning and mapping company. He posted the above image to his Twitter page

Cyber F/X specializes in 3-D laser mapping and subsequent foam prototype production of large scale, life size models, including people, although I wouldn’t expect to see any prototype molds of Lance popping up anytime soon.

Armstrong made several 3-D scans of his form on his TT bike which will presumably be analyzed by his team in what seems like a never ending quest to shave valuable seconds off time trials. The scans will give engineers a complete 3-D rendering of Armstrong’s body and bike, which will allow them to send the scan through various aerodynamic models to determine the optimum time trial position.

REALLY!!!

PISA, Italy – Tour de France winner Alberto Contador admits his Astana team is weaker with Lance Armstrong’s departure and the exodus of riders who followed the Texan to RadioShack.

“I know that right now we’re not at the level of Armstrong’s RadioShack (team), but the atmosphere is great and the desire to work hard is there,” Contador said at a preseason training camp Friday, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport’s Web site. “Let’s discuss it again in a few months.”

Contador wasn’t interested in rehashing his intra-squad rivalry with Armstrong.

“I’m focused only on 2010. The past is past,” he said. “I’m not interested in the polemics.”

Of Astana’s nine-man team at this year’s Tour, eight left for Armstrong’s new RadioShack squad. Contador’s team includes Alexander Vinokourov, who is back from a two-year doping ban, and 2006 Tour de France winner Oscar Pereiro.

Armstrong’s top teammates include Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Kloeden.

Contador said Andy Schleck was the “one who made me sweat the most. But I’m going to keep an eye on Leipheimer.”

Former Astana team director Johan Bruyneel also moved on to RadioShack, and Contador did not appreciate how Bruyneel and Armstrong plotted their new team throughout last season.

The Spaniard said he would prefer a transfer system similar to that in European club soccer, where teams pay transfer fees to acquire players.

Contador said he would make his 2010 debut by attempting to defend his title at the Tour of Algarve in Portugal in February.

The seven-time Tour de France titlist said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport he’ll compete during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

If he does retire in 2011, Armstrong will have competed as an amateur and professional cyclist for 20 years.

Armstrong, who will make his 2010 debut with his new team RadioShack in the Tour Down Under, Jan. 17-24 in Australia, will turn age 40 on Sept. 18, 2011.

“I’ll go on for another two years but this time I’ll have the experience of this season behind me and I’ll be better because I’ll also have the best team in the world,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong also said he will no longer travel with a personal drug-tester nor would he continue to publish his test results on his personal website.

Last August, a few weeks after finishing third overall in the Tour de France, Armstrong won the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. Armstrong’s coach Chris Carmichael, who also attended the event, confirmed to reporters in Colorado that Armstrong also plans to compete in the 2011 Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Like the Tour de France, the Hawaiian Ironman, a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike and marathon, is triathlon’s most prestigious event. If Armstrong competes in 2011, he will have just turned age 40.

(Source: The Examiner)

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By Dan Baynes

Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — Lance Armstrong’s Team RadioShack will make its debut at January’s Tour Down Under in South Australia, race organizers said.

Armstrong, 37, will launch the cycling team at the Jan. 17- 24 event near Adelaide, where he made his professional comeback seven months ago.

Securing the seven-time Tour de France champion’s return “makes economic sense,” South Australian state Premier Mike Rann said after meeting Armstrong in Dublin yesterday. His participation this year helped attract about 750,000 spectators and injected A$39 million ($32.2 million) into the South Australian economy, more than double the boost from 2008.

“He really enjoyed his time in South Australia and has told me how much he appreciated the massive support he received,” Rann said in a statement.

Armstrong said two days ago in an interview that Johan Bruyneel, who oversaw his Tour de France wins with the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery teams, will join his new squad next year.

Bruyneel, a Belgian, recorded his ninth triumph in the Tour de France this year by managing Alberto Contador to his second victory in cycling’s premier race. Armstrong, on the same Astana squad as Contador, finished third.

“Bruyneel is a master at acquiring guys and building the best teams,” Armstrong said in Dublin.

Former U.S. Postal teammate Floyd Landis may be invited to race for the new team, Armstrong said. Landis won the 2006 Tour de France, then lost the title for doping.

Andreas Kloden, Levi Leipheimer and Haimar Zubeldia, all on Astana this year, are also potential RadioShack teammates, Armstrong said. None have been confirmed as members of the new team, he said.

Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp., the second- largest U.S. electronics chain, and Armstrong announced their alliance in the final days of this year’s Tour.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney atdbaynes@bloomberg.net

ABC News’ Samantha Fields reports from London:
It was casual as could be.
“Hey Glasgow, Scotland!!” Lance Armstrong posted on his Twitter page late Monday night. “I’m coming your way tomorrow. Who wants to go for a bike ride??”
Stuart Fraser, who lives just outside Glasgow, saw it and thought, “yeah right,” he said. “Paisley’s not known for its tourist attractions. It seems an odd place for him to go.”
Then, early Tuesday morning, Armstrong laid out the details. “Hey Glasgow – group ride starts at Ashtree House Hotel. 9 Orr Square. Paisley, Scotland. See you there at noon!!”
So Fraser, 22, and a bunch of friends decided they might as well check it out — just in case. So did nearly 300 other people, many of whom had taken the day off work. It was, after all, a Tuesday afternoon.
It was pouring, too, and as they stood around waiting, many in the crowd were afraid Armstrong – if he even showed up – would decide not to go through with the ride.
But when the seven-time Tour de France champion pulled up outside the hotel and got out, just after 12:30 p.m., he was ready to roll.
There was just one thing: “Lance and his crew had no idea where to go,” said Alan Thomson, a 28-year-old surveyor in Glasgow who cycles competitively. Because he and his friends were standing up front, and because they’re locals, they got to put together the route for what has now been dubbed the “Tour de Paisley.” It’s a ride they do frequently during the winter months.
Nm_lance_armstrong_090323_main This time, though, they were riding it with perhaps the most famous cyclist in the world.
“It was pretty incredible,” said Thomson, who’s followed Armstrong’s career for years. “It was quite surreal, because you’re used to seeing him in the TV and blogs… when he’s actually sitting beside you, talking to you, you can’t even believe it.”
Armstrong seemed a bit surprised by the dozens of cameras, and the size of the crowd waiting for him outside the Ashtree. “I mean you expect a few people to show up, but not the dozens of cameras,” he told the crowd of reporters gathered around, before heading out. “But that’s the cool thing about this new generation of media, where you can reach out to people and say ‘hey.’”
In town for the U2 concert at Hampden Park, before heading off to compete in the three-day Tour of Ireland, Armstrong decided, “hey, let’s do a bike ride!”
With less than a day’s notice, people of all ages and abilities turned out to ride with Armstrong — including world famous Scottish cyclist, Graeme Obree.
“Had he given more notice,” said Thomson, “I reckon he’d have had thousands there. I think we were pretty lucky.”
The group rode for about 90 minutes, at a decent pace, covering 25 or 30 miles. It was chaotic at firs t, Fraser said, with a couple hundred people all jockeying for position around Armstrong, but after a couple of hills, the group had been whittled down to around 40 people.
That, for those who remained, was the best part, said John Anderson, a 49-year-old who’s been cycling seriously for the past 5 years.
“It was fantastic,” said Anderson. “I really enjoyed it, and he seemed to enjoy it too.”
Just hours after the ride, Armstrong confirmed that on Twitter, writing: “Thanks to everyone who turned up to ride in Paisley! I figured we’d have a nice ride for a dozen or so. But 100′s came. Haha! Awesome!”
“And yes,” he added, in another tweet — having maxed out his 140 characters in the previous one — “next time I’ll try to bring some sun. You bring the translator (Scottish to Texan) and I’ll bring the rays. Seriously, thanks again.”
Armstrong also seemed thrilled that Obree, who twice broke the world hour record — for the longest distance cycled in an hour –, had been along for the ride. “And how great was it that the Flying Scotsman Graeme Obree came out?? Legend.”
Hours later on the way to the U2 concert after a nap, Armstrong wrote again, “Still buzzing from the ride 2day. Loved it.”
For those who were there, it’s a memory that’s still just starting to sink in. “Last night when I got home, I pretty much couldn0t believe it happened,” said Thomson. “I think people in Scotland will be talking about this for years to come.”
Apparently sometimes it does pay off to follow celebrities on Twitter.


The Story


After three years of retirement, Lance Armstrong is back on the bike and ready to race. Lance returns to the professional ranks in pursuit of more Grand Tour wins and in support of his global cancer-fighting initiative and LIVESTRONG Foundation. The Cancer fight is something that Lance cites as his primary focus for his return- even asking Trek to help him promote his campaign.

The result? On Lance’s new custom painted Madone you’ll notice two significant numbers — 1274 and 27.5. The former signifies the number of days Armstrong was in retirement. During this time, nearly 27.5 million people worldwide succumbed to cancer. 27.5- it’s a huge number, a huge battle, but one we’re proud to help Lance fight.