Cycling: Armstrong stays in touch in Giro

Lance Armstrong turned in a steady but low-key performance in the Giro d'Italia's first mountain-top finish yesterday.

In what was the biggest challenge of his comeback so far, the American eased back on the throttle as a 40-man lead group shattered in the last 1500 metres of climbing to San Martino di Castrozza. Still just 28 seconds behind new race leader Thomas Lovkvist of Sweden – despite sliding from fifth to sixth overall – this was no disaster for the Texan, who had been a doubt to race at all after a bad crash in March.