It was announced yesterday (although, I did not hear it until this morning) that Lance Armstrong will be returning to professional cycling in the 2009 season, with the intention to take on le Tour again. This move come wrapped in the package of his interest to promote cancer awareness and research on a global level.
Details are still sketchy (team info, possible schedule, etc.), although it was mentioned that the information should be coming out around the 25th of this month. It has also been mentioned that Lance may have a small film crew following him, creating a possible documentary for the 2009 season.
Now, here is my take on things. I am excited that Lance is returning to the sport. I look forward to seeing how the season progresses, and seeing if he can a) go for win #8, and b) become the oldest person to win (the current age is 36, from the winner of the 1922 tour). I am torn, however, in the prospects of following the race. I would like to know what team, and who he assembles around him. I am intrigued, but nervous. With everything else that has happened over the past three years, I’m just not sure about the Tour organization.
One thing that I think would be cool, though. If Armstrong ends up racing with Hincapie again, and maybe is rejoined by Tyler Hamilton. Then Lance and Tyler go 1-2… It might be interesting…