Astana: Armstrong good to go for the Giro

Lance Armstrong's Astana team expressed optimism Wednesday over his prospects of recovering from his broken collarbone in time to line up for next month's Tour of Italy. The seven-time Tour de France winner's participation in the Giro, which starts on May 9 was thrown into doubt after he required surgery following his fall in the Vuelta Castilla y Leon race in Spain on March 25. The Texan had a stainless steel plate and 12 screws inserted to stabilize his right collarbone, which was broken in four places, but is now back in training.

Lance Armstrong’s Astana team expressed optimism Wednesday over his prospects of recovering from his broken collarbone in time to line up for next month’s Tour of Italy.

The seven-time Tour de France winner’s participation in the Giro, which starts on May 9 was thrown into doubt after he required surgery following his fall in the Vuelta Castilla y Leon race in Spain on March 25.

The Texan had a stainless steel plate and 12 screws inserted to stabilize his right collarbone, which was broken in four places, but is now back in training.

And an Astana spokesman told the BBC: “He will try to take part.

“It’s not 100 percent but we’re optimistic he will take part. He’s got a lot of pain but it’s a good sign he’s training.”

The spokesman also confirmed the 37-year-old’s expected participation in the Tour de France in July.

“Before the injury he had targeted a top-10 finish in the Giro. That is probably not possible now but maybe riding the Giro will be beneficial for the Tour de France.”

Giro organizers say Armstrong intended to meet victims of the earthquake that struck the Abruzzo region when the race passed through the area on May 27.