2 May 2009

Armstrong back and feeling good

7:30 am on 2 May 2009

The American cycling legend Lance Armstrong has declared himself satisfied with his progress following his return to competitive racing after one month out with a broken collarbone.

Armstrong, who suffered the injury in a fall in Spain in late March, was eighth after stage one of the Tour of the Gila.

The 37-year-old, who's using the five-day New Mexico race to prepare for the Giro d'Italia later this month and the Tour de France, says he felt strong, the recovery's been good and it's working out.

The seven-time Tour de France winner required surgery to repair his shattered right collarbone and had a stainless steel plate and 12 screws inserted to stabilise it.

The New Zealander Cath Cheatley was fourth in the opening stage of the women's race on the same tour.