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Armstrong avoids accident in 3rd stage

Updated: January 22, 2009, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Lance Armstrong glanced down at his power meter a couple of hours into the third stage of the Tour Down Under on Thursday and liked what he saw.

The meter told him that for the first 2 hours of the 3-hour, 15-minute stage, as part of a leading group that stretched the field on the 85-mile, wind-wracked ride, he had been putting out an average 340 watts of power.

Armstrong needed only that glance to confirm to himself that he was where he should be.

"It's ...

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