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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Accident, high winds test Armstrong in Australia

Associated Press

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Lance Armstrong finished in the middle of the pack in the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under on Friday and said he still has a chance to win his comeback race.

The seven-time Tour de France winner's position after the fourth stage wasn't immediately known but he sounded confident.

"I can be there, I won't be riding away," Armstrong said. "This is still the first race back after a long time off, so I would be fooling myself if I thought I was going to pound people. It's been harder than I expected, but everyone in the race would share that."

Overnight leader Allan Davis of Australia won the 88-mile stage in a bunch finish to extend his overall advantage in the six-stage race that ends Sunday.

Davis, of the Quick Step team, crossed the line in Angaston, in South Australia's Barossa Valley wine country, ahead of Rabobank's Graeme Brown of Australia and Spain's Jose Rojas of Caisse d'Epargne.