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Armstrong 23rd at Xterra championships

Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in Sunday's Xterra championships in Maui. The cycling legend was among the leaders on the swim and bike, but was overcome by faster runner in the third leg.

Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in Sunday’s Xterra world championship triathlon in Maui. The seven-time Tour de France champion was among the leaders on the swim and bike, but was overcome by faster runners on the final leg after a heavy crash at the tail end of the bike course.

“When they already have you on the ropes in the swim, then the first part of the bike seems to be even harder,” said Armstrong. “And it’s hard just because you’re transitioning from upper body work to lower body work, I was already in the red so it took me longer to get into a groove on the bike. That course starts hard and stays hard.”

Austria’s Michael Weiss and Scotland’s Lesley Paterson were crowned 2011 Xterra world champions in the pro men’s and women’s categories. Complete coverage on Triathlon.competitor.com.