He’s been accused of various forms of blood-doping, and has been tested to see that he is a bit of a mutant, in that he naturally doesn’t build up much lactic acid in his body. After winning the tour 7 times in a row, he retired after his 2005 win.
My only reason for watching the Tour de France is back!
This has been a good year… Randy Couture (but that wasn’t a surprise), Oscar de La Hoya (not a surprise either), and now, completely out of the blue, LANCE!
I can remember watching this live in 2003. Beloki fell, and with no where else to go, Lance just booted across the dirt. I honestly can remember yelling at the tv, going “what!!! what!!! he can’t do that can he! can he!???? oh, shit, he just DID THAT!”
Lance Armstrong will end his retirement and hopes to compete in the 2009 Tour de France, according to a cycling journal report.
The 36-year-old seven-time Tour de France champion will compete in five road races with the Astana team in 2009, the cycling journal VeloNews reported on its Web site on Monday, citing anonymous sources.
Armstrong’s manager Mark Higgins did not immediately respond to a voice mail left by The Associated Press.
The move would reunite Armstrong with Johan Bruyneel, now the team director for Astana.
VeloNews reported Armstrong also will compete in the Tour of California, Paris-Nice, the Tour de Georgia and the Dauphine-Libere.
The Astana team, however, was not allowed to compete in this year’s Tour after Alexandre Vinokourov was kicked out of the 2007 Tour for testing positive and the team quit the race.
VeloNews, which said Vanity Fair will publish an extensive article detailing Armstrong’s comeback, said the cyclist will race for no salary or bonuses and post his internally tested blood work online.