Lance's Return to Begin in Australia

Move over, Brett: Lance's comeback will be huge
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2008 8:22 AM CDT
In this July 24, 2005 file photo, Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, toasts with Johan Bruyneel during the 21st and final stage of the Tour de France.   (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, File)
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(Newser) – Lance Armstrong will announce today his return to professional cycling will be in January's Tour Down Under, USA Today reports, with the ultimate goal of competing for his eighth Tour de France title in July. Armstrong is also to unveil the creation of a new 23-and-under team to include 18-year-old Olympian Taylor Phinney, as he seeks to draw attention to his global campaign against cancer.

Armstrong will reunite with former team leader Johan Bruyneel on the Astana team, and is expected to add more races to his schedule, but in the meantime South Australia is ecstatic at the prospect of hosting his return. "This will be the biggest sporting event in South Australian history," said Premier Mike Rann.