Lance Armstrong 23rd at Xterra World Championship

Lance Armstrong’s first Xterra World Championship triathlon didn’t quite go to plan, but the Texan still took an impressive 23rd place.

After coming out of the opening swim portion in fifth place, Lance Armstrong looked to move up during the 18.3-mile mountain bike leg. A hard crash, however, sent Armstrong to the ground head-first, cracking his helmet.  The Associated Press spoke to Armstrong about his crash:

“I just crashed, crashed as we were coming back,” the 40-year-old Armstrong said. “I hit it harder than I thought because I stood there for a while taking inventory, trying to remember my name. That probably took a little out of me, obviously, took a little out of me standing there for a minute or so. I have never hit my head that hard before.”

Despite the delay, Armstrong clocked the seventh-fastest bike split. It was during the 6.1-mile trail run that Armstrong lost the majority of his time to eventual winner, Austrian Michael Weiss.  Fading under the Maui heat, Armstrong’s ran nearly nine minutes slower than Weiss.

Read the complete AP story.

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