concluded a relatively quiet Giro d'Italia in 12th place overall yesterday, then jetted home to await the birth of his fourth child. The seven-time Tour de France winner eased off in the race's final stage, an individual time trial run through the ancient streets of Rome on uneven cobblestones made even more slippery by rain.
Armstrong finished 53rd in the race against the clock, 1 minute, 19 seconds behind stage winner Ignatas Konovalovas, of Lithuania, and ended 15:59 behind overall race winner Denis Menchov, of Russia.
"It has been a hard 3 weeks," Armstrong said in a statement from his Astana team. "In the second half of the race, I showed that I was certainly getting better and I think we can take that away from here."
Armstrong used the Giro to get back in form after 3 1/2 years of retirement and having broken his collarbone in March. Armstrong's girlfriend, Anna Hansen, is expecting a baby soon.
* Carlo Ancelotti has quit as coach of AC Milan, seemingly paving the way for him to take over at Premier League club Chelsea. Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said club director and former player Leonardo will replace Ancelotti.
* A crash during a feature race at the Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, N.D., has killed longtime Fargo race car driver John Schulz. Schulz, 47, died after the car he was driving rolled on the back straightaway of the second lap in the modified division feature race at the West Fargo track about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, a statement from the Cass County Sheriff's Department said.