AIGLE, Switzerland - Cycling's governing body has cleared Lance Armstrong to make his road race comeback in Australia in January.
The International Cycling Union made an exception to its
drug-testing rules for the seven-time Tour de France champion to
return to the sport.
Armstrong chose the Jan. 20-25 Tour Down Under to come out of
retirement after three years.
A strict application of testing rules would not allow the
37-year-old Texan to compete until Feb. 1, 2009, six months after
he filed paperwork with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
But the UCI said Wednesday its improved drug-testing standards
meant Armstrong could return two weeks early.