Armstrong gets back on the bike after Tour blow

MORZINE, France, (Reuters) – A day after his dreams  of an eighth Tour de France victory were all but ended, Lance  Armstrong was back on the bike for a training ride as the  peloton enjoyed a rest day yesterday.

The 38-year-old American, who dropped to 39th in the  standings after finishing the eighth stage 11:45 behind  Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, climbed up to the Col de Joux-Plane,  where he cracked in the 2000 Tour.

“Good ride on the rest day. The Haute Savoie is gorgeous.  Went around and climbed my old friend Joux Plane – hard one,” he  wrote on Twitter.

Armstrong, who rarely crashed when he was dominating the  field from 1999-2005, hit the tarmac in Sunday’s first Alps  stage of the Tour, sustaining a knock on his left hip in the  process.

The Texan, however, is expected to start Tuesday’s ninth  stage to St Jean de Maurienne, with the intimidating 25-km climb  to the Col de la Madeleine on the menu.

“(Levi) Leipheimer is still in the run. We will see how we  can change our objectives, our ambitions,” Armstrong’s  RadioShack team manager Johan Bruyneel, the man behind his seven  Tour triumphs, said on Sunday.

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