Monday, September 8, 2008


Lance Armstrong will come out of retirement and race in the Tour de France next year, sources close to the situation have told Velo News.
Armstrong, who will turn 37 years old this month, would race with Astana, the sources said.
The seven-time Tour de France winner will race in the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice, the Tour de Georgia, the Dauphine-Libere and the Tour de France — for no salary or bonuses.

Armstrong's manager, Mark Higgins, did not answer questions.
An article about Armstrong's comeback will be published in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, Velo News said.
Armstrong reportedly will reunite with his former team manager Johan Bruyneel, who guided Armstrong and his teams Motorola and U.S. Postal Service to seven straight Tour de France titles.
Sources also told Velo News that Armstrong will post all of his internally tested blood work online to prove that he's clean.

One might wonder why Lance, at age 37, would want to leave his Texas ranch and embark on another farewell tour. Obviously it's not for the money, since he is cycling for free. In honor of his 7 Tour de France victories, here are 7 possible reasons for his return to get number 8:

1. To raise money/awareness for cancer research.

2. To kick some French ass while he still can.

3. Knows President Bush is going to be returning to Texas soon and wants an excuse to not hang out with him.

4. Wants to silence his critics and prove he can succeed in the "new, drug-free" Tour de France.

5. Tour de France is easier than running the Marathon.

6. Decided to pursue European women after breaking up with Kate Hudson.

7. Was bored with running buddy Matthew McConaughey.

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