Lance Armstrong can return to the Tour de France in 2009 if his team avoids doping scandals, the race director said today after the seven-time champion confirmed his comeback with the Astana squad. The team was barred from this year's Tour because of doping problems in the past. “They should be there if there are no ethical problems,” Christian Prudhomme said.
He says he isn't sure whether Armstrong can win after 3 years away, but almost everyone is talking about his surprise comeback. Prudhomme adds that he wants the race—which starts July 4 in Monaco—retains its "humanity," meaning that riders seem to make a real effort and don’t fly up tough mountain passes as when doping was more widespread.