Report: Lance Pulls Out Of Tour Of Ireland

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CORK, Ireland (AP) -- Russell Downing of Britain has won the Tour of Ireland after Norway's Lars Petter Nordhaug captured the final stage.

The pair broke away from a chasing group but Nordhaug crossed the finish line ahead of the British rider, who won stage one on Friday.

Lance Armstrong abandoned the race during the finishing circuit in heavy rain which also forced organizers to cancel the final lap. The field had reached the finishing circuit in Cork when the seven-time Tour de France winner withdrew.

"About to fly to Dublin," Armstrong said on his Twitter page. "Rough day today on the bike. The ol' back was not in a good way and st patty's hill (St. Patrick's Hill) wasn't looking too cozy."

He had finished 20th overall on Saturday in the three-day race, 26 seconds behind Downing.

Armstrong finished third in this year's Tour de France after coming out of retirement.