Cycling Body Clears Armstrong For Comeback Race

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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.

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