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Tour of California: Lance Armstrong's Bike Stolen, Comes in 5th

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"Holy hell. That was terrible. Maybe one of the toughest days I've had on a bike, purely based on the conditions. I'm still freezing." That's Lance Armstrong on Twitter after yesterday's first rainy and cold stage of the Tour of California, a 107 mile, about 5 hour ride, from Davis to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County.

Armstrong, along with a few of his teammates, all lost their time trial bikes after the truck was broken into. "There is only one like it in the world [see a photo] therefore hard to pawn it off," he tweeted, saying a reward would be offered. They'll need those bikes next on Friday.

Francisco Mancebo of Spain was the surprise winner of the first stage with Armstrong trailing behind in fifth (and after a flat tire), even though his finish time was the same as 18 other riders (ah, the confusing intricacies of race scores). Today, cyclists are riding from Sausalito to Santa Cruz.

The tour will later come to the Los Angeles area on Saturday morning, starting in Santa Clarita and racing to Pasadena. It will then have it's last stage (out of eight total plus a prologue) near San Diego.