Lance Armstrong's $1 million Tour Down Under start money confirmed

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The South Australian government has confirmed that Lance Armstrong was paid $1 million US dollars to appear at the 2009 Tour Down Under . Armstrong was also paid to ride the 2010 and 2011 editions of the race, but the figures have not been revealed yet despite a political campaign in Australia to reveal the information. Following his retirement in 2005, Armstrong made his comeback to racing at the 2009 Tour Down Under, it was also his final professional race in 2011. He eventually confessed to doping in 2013 after being banned for life. It has long been known that the race paid Armstrong a large appearance fee, but the exact amounts have never been officially reported by the South Australia government, which part-funds the Tour Down Under. As well as his appearance fee, the race paid Armstrong for a first class return airfare, hotel accommodation, food and other incidental ...

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