Lance Armstrong arrived in Adelaide, Australia and almost immediately went for a bike ride with, "Stuart O'Grady, Pat Jonker, and the Aus U23 champ Jack Bobridge. Nice here!," according to his twitter page.
He also posted a photo of his new Livestrong Trek Tour Down Under bike.
The Australian is reporting that "Armstrong feeling the nerves" "Greeted by a mixture of Australian Federal Police and half-a-dozen security guards, Armstrong said: "I believe my form is as good as it ever was for this early in January.
"My fitness is probably ahead of where it would have been other years, but I've been training a lot earlier than the previous years as well.
"I just don't want to get clobbered too bad. That's my main motivation for training hard. I don't have delusions of grandeur. I hope I get in the race and get reacclimatised to the tempo and the speed and what it's like to be around 200 guys and a fast-moving group.
"It's been such a long break. This is the longest break I've had. But ... it's nervousness and excitement.
"I'm excited to be here."
On his Twitter page Armstrong writes: "1274 days w/o a pro race. Roughly 27.5 million people globally have passed away from cancer in that time . has to stop."