Lance to return… to New York City Marathon

Just weeks after completing what he labeled "the hardest thing I've ever done," Lance Armstrong has...

Just weeks after completing what he labeled "the hardest thing I've ever done," Lance Armstrong has confirmed he will return for another attempt at the New York City Marathon in 2007. The 35-year-old confirmed to news agency Reuters "I'm going back next year; I've decided I'm going back."

Armstrong raised over US$600,000 for his foundation and cancer research during this year's event. "I'm still shaking it off. I'm still limping," said the seven times Tour de France winner.

The American also cleared any cloud hanging over the Discovery Channel's recent signing of Ivan Basso. "We have a zero tolerance policy," explained Armstrong - who remains a minority shareholder in the team. "If someone either admits doping or is caught doping or prosecuted for doping then they're out."

Basso was implicated in the Spanish Operación Puerto investigation but his files were shelved by the Italian cycling federation (FCI), clearing the way for the former-CSC rider to race and find a new team. Within a fortnight of the decision, Armstrong announced, "It's done," meaning Basso had signed for Discovery Channel.

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