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    Default Lance Armstrong may be coming out of retirement to compete in 2009 Tour de France!

    Report: Lance Armstrong To End Retirement
    7-Time Tour De France Winner Will Compete In 2009 Event, Cycling Journal Says

    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 9, 2008

    (AP) Lance Armstrong will end his retirement in an effort to compete at the 2009 Tour de France, the cycling journal VeloNews reported on its Web site Monday.

    Citing anonymous sources, the journal reported that the 36-year-old seven-time Tour de France champion would compete in the Tour and four other road races with Astana in 2009.

    The Astana cycling team, however, denied the report.

    "There are no contacts or plans of Team Astana to take Lance Armstrong," team press officer Philippe Maertens told The Associated Press by phone from Belgium. "As far as I know, Lance Armstrong doesn't have plans to do road cycling.

    "But that's a question you have to ask Armstrong," Maertens added. "We have no plans."

    Astana team director Johan Bruyneel, who was with Armstrong for all seven Tour wins from 1999-2005, told cyclingnews.com that he was unaware of any Armstrong comeback.

    "I don't know where the rumors come from," the Web site quoted him as saying.

    Maertens said rumors that Armstrong might come out of retirement had been circulating for a few weeks.

    "If it would be true that Armstrong wants to come back it would be stupid for us to say no," Maertens said, "but it's not the case."

    Armstrong did not respond to a text message or voice mails left by the AP. Armstrong's manager Mark Higgins and Bruyneel also did not respond to voice mails left by the AP.

    George Hincapie, a longtime Armstrong teammate, would not comment Monday afternoon following the first stage of the Tour of Missouri.

    VeloNews reported Armstrong will compete in the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice, the Tour de Georgia and the Dauphine-Libere, in addition to the Tour.

    The Astana team, however, was not allowed to compete in this year's Tour after Alexandre Vinokourov was kicked out of the 2007 event after testing positive for a blood transfusion and the team quit the race.

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Armstrong is part of its out-of-competition testing pool and would be eligible for elite competition on Feb. 1, 2009. The Amgen Tour of California begins Feb. 14.

    USA Cycling said Armstrong has not applied for an international cycling license, but chief operating officer Sean Petty said Armstrong typically did not request such a license until January or February.

    Armstrong, who overcame testicular cancer, has largely turned his competitive juices to running marathons since he retired from competitive cycling three years ago.

    In August, he finished second in the Leadville Trail 100, a lung-searing 100-mile mountain bike race through the Colorado Rockies.

    "We know that Lance continued training hard after that mountain bike race," Maertens said in a separate e-mail to the AP. "He will do some cyclocross races as well in the USA."
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    He confirms it. But I wonder (1) if the Tour de France will let Astana in if Lance signs with Astana, and (2) what Contador will think about this.

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    Default Re: Lance Armstrong may be coming out of retirement to compete in 2009 Tour de France!

    I wonder what kind of uproar will be heard from the Europeans nations if he competes again.

    Can you imagine if he won the Tour de France for the 8th time?

    Europe might riot!
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    if not a riot, surely at least some underhanded doping allegations I really do wonder if Contador would let him win though, as I think Alberto would have to be the favorite of the tour were Astana let in, considering how great of a climber he is.

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    i truly wonder if Lance has been blood doping all along -NO one can stay that good that long .Especially after having one of his nuts cut off .Perhaps that is why Sheryll Crowe left , or because Lance ''was not strong enough to be her man ''.

    Does that song bother anyone else -? Where does her ego come from ? I am strong enough to be her man but not crazy enough to be .

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    In a sport that doping is (was?) widely prevalent, it is hard for me to believe that one man could been 100% clean and have dominated that against competitors that were doping.

    If he was clean it is amazing that he was that much better than everyone including a large percentage who were doping.

    After the Marion Jones debacle, I have become even more of a cynic.

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    Floyd Landis took the stand and swore on everything he loved that he did not use drugs -bullshit-i said that when he made up all that time after his fall and I say it now . He lied on the stand and to the world -I believe that is perjury-why isn't he in jail ?
    his accomplishment that day was the equivalent to a man running a 3 minute mile-Lance has been blood doping for years and with the newer stuff -especially the''clear'' it does not show up in a urine screen -you'd have to do a spinal tap to find it .

    the testing is ten years behind the product -why bother testing at all? Every other day someone I used to admire is found to be a lying, cheating, POS .
    The stuff is so prevalent on the net that it is literally a buyer's market and high school and jr. high kids are charging it to their parents CC and ......
    If an athlete thinks he can knock .2 seconds off his best time in the 100 meters but will die 10 years younger he will take the drug. At least that was the result of a study 5 years ago .

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    Of course i am just talking about cycling, but the testing is not ten years behind the product -- Ricardo Ricco got busted for using a new synthetic EPO that had just been manufactured in January.

    I think you can look to Columbia/ Garmin-Chipotle and some other teams and be fairly confident that the riders are clean given their internal regulations. Hopefully these will become more of a main-stay, especially with the #1 team in the world Astana being held out of the Tour until they can prove their in-house regulations are adequate.

    People will continue to cheat, and maybe a few are getting away with it right now, but when even suspicions of doping (Rasmussen) are resulting in suspensions I think eventually people will ride clean. I also think that people donating blood samples, etc. for future testing will help as well. I believe Michael Phelps is among those who have done so.

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