Despite claims from team Astana that they had “no plans” for Lance Armstrong, the 36-year old still wants to make a return to cycling and win an eighth Tour de France
Armstrong may have won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, but his real victory was overcoming cancer. Today, Lance is a hero to cancer patients around the world,
Even though Armstrong doesn’t know what team he’ll ride with, he said the following in a statement released to The Associated Press: “I am happy to announce that after talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden. This year alone, nearly eight million people will die of cancer worldwide. … It’s now time to address cancer on a global level.”
Armstrong also said in an interview with Vanity Fair that he is 100 percent sure he will compete in the Tour de France next summer.
“I’m going back to professional cycling,” he said. “I’m going to try and win an eighth Tour de France.”
Even though the cycling journal VeloNews reported that Armstrong would be on the Astana team, led by his close friend John Bruyneel, who knows if that team would even be allowed to race in next year’s tour? This year, their team wasn’t allow to race because of previous doping violations.