NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lance Armstrong has won the Nevada
City Classic, a challenging one-day race in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Armstrong finished ahead of third-place teammate Levi Leipheimer on the repeated 1.1-mile loop through the historic mining town. More than 15,000 fans cheered on the seven-time Tour de France winner.
Armstrong only committed to the Nevada City Classic five days earlier as he prepares for another run at the Tour after a 3½-year absence from cycling. He finished 12th in the Giro D'Italia last month, and his son, Max, was born June 5.
"What a great Nevada City Classic," Armstrong said in a posting on his Twitter account. "I managed to get the win, Levi Leipheimer was 3rd. HARD race. The crowds? Electric..."
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