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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…
For someone who has been so enthused over the tour for the last several years, it took an email announcing this year’s winner to remind me that it had happened. To be fair, I had looked at some of the standing in the early days, even managing to see some highlights when staying at the hotel before going to the concert last weekend.
But my attention was unfocused, like a fan whose favorite team missed the playoffs. Postal/Discovery doesn’t exist anymore. Astana, the team where most of the key players from Dicovery went to (including the 2007 Tour winner), was unable to compete this year, due to issues from the team’s former staff.
There was Team Columbia, based out of the US, sponsored by the outdoor company, but I didn’t register to much with them. There was very little name recognition for me to follow this year, since cycling is not as ardently followed as it is around the rest of the world. And the publicity seemed to be very slight (not that I was in a position to be seeing a lot of it), but it just seemed like this was an off year to try and follow it.
I’m happy that the 2008 Tour has concluded, and my congratulations go out to the jersey winners. I just hope that a lot of the circling issues (the various governing bodies, “conference”/league issues, etc.) can be resolved to make next year’s tour better…