Armstrong plans to race the Tour

Lance Armstrong announced Monday that he intends to compete in the 2009 Tour de France. Armstrong let his fans know the news via his "Twitter" feed from the team Astana training camp on Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

When Armstrong first revealed his intended comeback, he was clear that an eighth Tour de France victory was in his plans. His return to the Astana squad caused some tension with 2007 Tour champion Alberto Contador, who was favoured to lead the team in next July's event after taking wins in the 2008 Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.