Lance Armstrong's stolen bicycle recovered


June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 19, 2009 at 12:11 AM EDT

Police announced they have recovered a one-of-a-kind time-trial bicycle swiped from Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong during the Tour of California.

A person brought the purloined Trek training bicycle to a police station in the city of Sacramento, where it was stolen during the weekend.

The person's name was not released by police, who said the investigation of the theft is continuing. Police said they will return the bicycle to Armstrong, who was competing Wednesday in the fourth stage of the nine-day race.

"Oh!! And they recovered the bike!" Armstrong enthused on his Twitter feed shortly after completing the stage, which ended in a sprint finish that saw him maintain his fourth place in the overall standings.

"Don't have details yet but it's apparently on it's way here. Thanks to the Sacramento P D for the help!"

Armstrong said after the stage that Astana director Johan Bruyneel had told him via radio during the stage that the bike had been found.

"That's good thing," said Armstrong, who had predicted the bike would be returned.

The seven-time Tour de France champion had used the bicycle Saturday in the individual time-trial prologue of the event.

Armstrong's bicycle was one of several stolen from an Astana team truck parked behind a hotel in Sacramento. A lock on the truck was clipped to get inside, according to police.

Armstrong on Sunday sent out a rallying cry to the more than 128,000 Twitter members who have signed up to receive the brief text messages he routinely fires off on the popular micro-blogging service.

A Facebook group called "1 Million Citizens Looking for Lance Armstrong's Stolen Bike" had grown to 1,282 members by the time word of the Trek's return hit the Internet on Wednesday.

"Score one for the good guys," a Twitter user using the screen name 'kraftmstr' wrote as the news ricocheted about the website.

Attention on Twitter swiftly shifted back to Armstrong's latest day in the saddle.

"Watching Lance Armstrong gently shove an idiot into the snow on the roadside in the tour of California," Twitter user Pete Watson said in a message about what he was doing at the moment. "Falling over laughing - excellent."

Cancer-survivor Armstrong, 37, retired in 2005 but has set out to make a comeback. The California race is his second on a comeback trail that started last month in Australia, where he finished 29th place in the Tour Down Under.

Armstrong intends to compete in this year's Tour de France.

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