Lance Armstrong tells Italian newspaper he’ll compete through 2011 before retiring

Lance Armstrong tells Italian newspaper he’ll compete through 2011 before retiring

The seven-time Tour de France titlist said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport he’ll compete during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

If he does retire in 2011, Armstrong will have competed as an amateur and professional cyclist for 20 years.

Armstrong, who will make his 2010 debut with his new team RadioShack in the Tour Down Under, Jan. 17-24 in Australia, will turn age 40 on Sept. 18, 2011.

“I’ll go on for another two years but this time I’ll have the experience of this season behind me and I’ll be better because I’ll also have the best team in the world,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong also said he will no longer travel with a personal drug-tester nor would he continue to publish his test results on his personal website.

Last August, a few weeks after finishing third overall in the Tour de France, Armstrong won the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. Armstrong’s coach Chris Carmichael, who also attended the event, confirmed to reporters in Colorado that Armstrong also plans to compete in the 2011 Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Like the Tour de France, the Hawaiian Ironman, a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike and marathon, is triathlon’s most prestigious event. If Armstrong competes in 2011, he will have just turned age 40.

(Source: The Examiner)
 

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