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Armstrong slow, steady in his first race back

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Lance Armstrong made a cautious return to professional cycling yesterday, finishing 64th among 133 riders in a 30-mile criterium in Adelaide, Australia. More than 138,000 people watched Armstrong, 37, return from three years of retirement and begin a campaign to win his eighth Tour de France title. He stayed well back in a tight field throughout the race downtown on a winding circuit around leafy Rymill Park, following team instructions to avoid any chance of crashing. Armstrong will compete in the six-day Tour Down Under, which starts tomorrow. The criterium does not count toward Tour overall standings. "That was...

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