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Lebrun runs by competitors at XTERRA championship

Updated: September 24, 2011, 18:27

SNOWBASIN RESORT, Utah (AP) Lance Armstrong brought out the crowd yet had to settle for fifth place Saturday as France's Nico Lebrun finished strong and won the XTERRA USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort in a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds.

South Africa's Dan Hugo was second, 24 seconds back and American Josiah Middaugh third.

Four-time XTERRA world champ and defending national champ Conrad "Caveman'' Stoltz was fourth.

Armstrong acknowledged that his first-ever XTERRA and first triathlon in 22 years was harder than expected. He finished in 2:29:25. The seven-time Tour de France champ said he had enough success may try these races again.

Three-time XTERRA world champ Melanie McQuaid of Canada won the women's title.

Competitors completed a 1,500-meter swim, 17.7-mile off-road ride then finished with a 6.1-mile trail run.

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