Lance is riding a MUCH higher position from his Tour days. I estimate he's about 5cm higher here than he was back then. He's opened up his hip angle considerably, but conceded a bit of frontal area. Clearly it's working OK for him, as he roared into T2 ahead of everyone else, and is likely to continue to do so as the season rolls on.
The Lonestar 70.3 has been very hotly-anticipated ever since Lance Armstrong announced the race would be on his 2012 racing schedule. The Tour de France Champion was the talk of the tri world coming into the race, and like it or not, the usual players had to factor him into their race-day plans. The Texan wound up controlling most of the bike course, eventually breaking away in the lead, but fading on the run and falling to 7th place. American Tim O'Donnell took the win with loads of penache, fighting every step of the run. Here's all the fantastic gear these athletes used during the race. Thanks for reading!