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Observations from Lance's first week

Updated: January 26, 2009, 2:56 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

ADELAIDE, Australia -- With the 2009 Tour Down Under in the books, here are a few observations and conclusions about the first gala event of the cycling season and Lance Armstrong's first roll down the red carpet in his comeback year.

What do we know that we didn't know a week ago? Nothing that we didn't suspect. Armstrong was one of the fittest riders here, but that stature is qualified by a few factors.

First, unlike most top riders, Armstrong has had the luxury ...

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