Tour of California Off to Auspicious Start for Lance

The Tour of California officially gets underway today, with the first stage running from Davis to Santa Rosa, covering a distance of 107 miles (173km). Fabian Cancellara will begin the day in the yellow jersey after winning yesterday’s Prologue. The stage will get underway at noon local time.

But, it’s already been a rough morning for Lance Armstrong, who awoke to find that the Astana team truck was broken into over night, and his time trial bike was stolen from inside. The bike, pictured here, is one of a kind, and as Lance says in his Twitter feed, it’ll be tough to pawn off. A reward is being offered for its return.

The other compelling sub-plot for the Tour of California is of course the return of Floyd Landis to cycling. Floyd had a bit of a scare a few days ago, crashing on a training ride, but he suffered no real damage, and partipated in yesterday’s prologue, finishing well back in the field in 90th place. For Landis, the first big hurdle is over however, as he has returned to the track at long last.

Lance and Floyd back racing and now a stolen bike. Cycling is becoming even more of soap opera!!

Kraig Becker

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