Shorts: Lance, Petacchi, Hondo

Armstrong announces he's in training for the New York marathon, Petacchi back in winning ways in Ger

Armstrong announces he's in training for the New York marathon, Petacchi back in winning ways in Ger


Lance Armstrong has revealed that he is in training for the New York marathon on November 5. "I was initially thinking of doing the Chicago marathon, but the New York date fits in better with my programme," said the seven-time Tour de France winner who has never before taken part in a marathon.

"I have been training a bit, but I can't say that it's been too serious. It's only to fill a hole in my life after leaving professional cycling," Armstrong explained.

It will be interesting to see how Armstrong fares against times previously set by his ex-wife, Kristin, in 2004 (3-45-35) and former Tour rival Laurent Jalabert (2-55-15), who finished in the first 500 runners last year.

- Alessandro Petacchi's build-up to the Giro d'Italia looks on course as he won Wednesday's opening stage of the Tour of Lower Saxony in Germany. The Italian won the bunch sprint in which second place was taken by Danilo Hondo on his first day of racing after a doping ban. Fourth place went to German champion and procycling Fab Four member Gerald Ciolek.

Hondo was given permission to ride after the International Cycling Union went through the documents he had sent them after a Swiss civil court ruled that the German was eligible to race from April 1. "The last few days have been very nerve-racking for me. I hope that I can rediscover my old form soon," said Hondo.

Stage 1, Winsen Luhe-Nienburg

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 171.9km in 4.16.39 (40.19kph)
2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lamonta
3 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Wiesenhof
5 Robert Frster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
6 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile
7 Kenny van Hummel (Hol) Skil-Shimano
8 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner
9 Stefan Lffler (Ger) Sparkasse
10 Nico Graf (Ger) Thringer Energie

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