Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will begin his comeback to professional cycling in Australia's Tour Down Under in January, organizers announced on Wednesday.What's with all these retirees wanting to come back? If you don't win, you'll look like a tool. (Brett Favre, case in point.) What is there left to prove?
Armstrong has chosen Australia to make his return to professional cycling.
Armstrong is due to announce more details of his eagerly-awaited return at a press conference in New York later on Wednesday, but race director Mike Turtur told the Associated Press that he would be on the start line in Australia.
The six-stage Tour Down Under is the first major event of the 2009 professional cycling campaign and will take place from January 20 to 25 in South Australia state, centered on the capital Adelaide.
Armstrong stunned the world of sport when he announced on September 9 that he would come out of a three-year retirement to attempt to win the Tour de France for a record eighth time.
The 37-year-old Texan said he was returning to raise awareness of cancer, having survived testicular cancer to triumph in cycling's most famous race.
I think there are other ways to promote cancer research, funding, and education. But if that's what you want, go ahead.