Nervous Armstrong makes respectable Tour start

July 5, 2009

Lance Armstrong returned to his favourite stage four years after winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France and set a respectable time in the opening time trial.

The 18th rider to set off in Monaco, Armstrong clocked 20 minutes 12 seconds for the 15.5-km course to briefly top the standings. He ended up in 10th spot behind Fabian Cancellara in the yellow jersey.

“I was a bit nervous but it is logical,” the 37-year-old told reporters. “What a beautiful race. It was fun. I felt pretty good, overall, I feel good. I was a little bit all over the place.”

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