Lance Armstrong is still among the leaders of the Tour of California after an opening day featuring drenching rain, a flat tire, a minor crash and even the theft of his time-trial bike.
Armstrong persevered through his profoundly gloomy Sunday to
finish near the front of a grueling 107-mile stage. He led a chase
group that never quite caught up to the race leaders, including
surprise stage winner Francisco Mancebo of Spain.
But his day began inauspiciously and only got worse before his
solid finish. Some time after Armstrong finished 10th in Saturday's
prologue, his time-trial bike was stolen from the Team Astana
trailer in Sacramento along with three teammates' bikes.