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More information regarding recovery of Armstrong's TT bike
By James Huang
Lance Armstrong's bike was returned
Photo ©: Sacramento Police Department
The Sacramento Police Department confirmed today that Lance Armstrong's
(Astana) one-off 'Livestrong' Trek Equinox TTX time trial bike had been
According to a press release issued by the Sacramento PD, "One Wednesday,
February 18, 2009, at 10:35am, a local resident brought Lance Armstrong's
stolen Trek bicycle to Sacramento Police headquarters at 5770 Freeport
Boulevard… The citizen wishes to remain anonymous. The facts surrounding
how the person came into possession of the bicycle are not being released
at this time due to an ongoing investigation."
"I hear they found my bike Johan came on the radio and said it was
found," said Armstrong, before talking about the day's racing. "It
was a hard race in the beginning it was aggressive guys wanted to get
away and get a break going. They made our life tough on the first climbs
it was not an easy day. It was fast coming home ...all in all really tough."
The team had also originally reported the road bikes of Janez Brajkovic,
Steve Morabito and Yaroslav Popovych stolen as well, but Brajkovic's was
actually later found in hotel storage. Morabito's and Popovych's bikes
We've yet to confirm but based on images obtained from the time of the
recovery, it appears that Armstrong's bike was returned but without wheels.
Trek team liaison Ben Coates confirmed that the bike did indeed have wheels
installed when it was stolen but it remains unclear as to their whereabouts
at this time.
The Sacramento Police Department press release further states that, "arrangements
will be made to return the bike to the owner."
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Sacramento Police Department