UNDATED -- Lance Armstrong reportedly plans to come out of retirement and compete in the 2009 Tour de France.
Armstrong's manager Mark Higgins hasn't answered a voice mail
left by The Associated Press.
However, the cycling journal VeloNews says the 36-year-old
seven-time Tour de France champion will compete in five road races
with the Astana team in 2009. The journal says it's basing its
report on sources it didn't identify.
The move would reunite Armstrong with Johan Bruyneel, who's Astana's team director.
VeloNews said the Austin cyclist will race for no salary or
bonuses and post his internally tested blood work online. It also
reports Armstrong also will compete in the Amgen Tour of
California, Paris-Nice (PEH'-ree-NEES'), the Tour de Georgia and
the Dauphine-Libere (doh-FEEN' lee-BEHR').
VeloNews says Vanity Fair will publish an extensive article
detailing Armstrong's comeback.
The Astana team wasn't allowed to compete in this year's Tour de
France. That was after Alexandre Vinokourov (vihn-oh-KOHR'-awf) was
kicked out of the 2007 Tour for testing positive and the team quit