Armstrong confirms Giro start
It’s official: Lance Armstrong will be in Venice next month to race the 2009 Giro d’Italia.
“The recovery is going well and the plan is to be at the Giro,” Armstrong spokesman Mark Higgins told VeloNews.
Several Italian media outlets reported that Armstrong confirmed to race officials Thursday that he will be at the May 9 start of the centenary Giro.
Both La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tutto Bici reported that Giro race director Angelo Zomegnan received official confirmation from Armstrong on Thursday.
There were some doubts about whether or not Armstrong would be able to bounce back from a broken collarbone suffered in the first stage of the Vuelta al Castilla y León in northern Spain.
That crash occurred on March 23, just 41 days from the start of the 2009 Giro.
Armstrong underwent surgery and had 12 screws placed into his fractured clavicle. After a recovery period, the seven-time Tour de France champion has resumed training and is currently in Aspen, Colo.
Armstrong has never raced the Giro and will likely be using the three-week race to prepare for July’s Tour de France.