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Tech News – May 2, 2009

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Armstrong's Trek gets Gila makeover

By Greg Johnson

Lance Armstrong returns from a test ride
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Lance Armnstrong debuted a new paint scheme on his time trial bike for the Tour of the Gila's time trial on Friday. The seven time Tour de France winner's Trek featured a white/silver base colour, breaking away from the scheme which he has used since returning to professional cycling at January's Tour Down Under.

The time trial rig Armstrong rode to third place at the Tour of the Gila features white bars and fork, with the frame also starting out white then fading to silver along the top tube, seat post and chain/seat stays. The bike still carries Livestrong's yellow branding and the two numbers Armstrong said were significant to his global cancer awareness campaign - 1274 and 27.5; the number of days between his retirement and return and the number of people measured in millions impacted by the disease in that time.

Silver on white is the theme for Armstrong's latest time trial rig
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Armstrong's one of a kind Livestrong Trek Equinox TTX time trial bike was debuted at February's Tour of California. The original bike featured a similar paint scheme to that on his Trek Madone 6.9 Livestrong road bike, with yellow lettering on a black frame.

The Livestrong Trek Equinox TTX time trial bike made headlines around the world when it was stolen following California's opening time trial. The frame was later returned to police, without wheels, in time for the race's second time trial.

The Livestrong Trek Equinox TTX time trial bike
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Armstrong is contesting the Tour of The Gila under the guise of Mellow Johnny's - the name of the Texan's bike shop. He is riding with Astana team-mates Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer - who leads the race - after USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union (UCI) negotiated a deal which allowed them to take part.

The trio are contesting the race in preparation of this month's Giro d'Italia. The UCI allowed them to enter Gila as individual riders on the provision they didn't sport Astana's team kit, after enforcing a rarely enforced rule that prevents ProTour teams from contesting lower level races.


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