Lance Armstrong hints at 2010 schedule

Lance Armstrong said he still hasn’t decided whether he’ll race at the Tour of California or the Giro d’Italia next season as he prepares for the 2010 Tour de France. That’s according to an interview in the newest issue of Vélo magazine in France. Armstrong provided the first glimpse of what his racing schedule will look like with his new RadioShack team. Like he did in his comeback season last year, he will debut at the Tour Down Under in January in Australia.

Lance Armstrong said he still hasn’t decided whether he’ll race at the Tour of California or the Giro d’Italia next season as he prepares for the 2010 Tour de France.

That’s according to an interview in the newest issue of Vélo magazine in France. Armstrong provided the first glimpse of what his racing schedule will look like with his new RadioShack team.

Like he did in his comeback season last year, he will debut at the Tour Down Under in January in Australia.

His first race in Europe will either be the Vuelta a Murcia in Spain or Paris-Nice, both held in March.

Then he hinted he would participate in the Ardennes classics, with possible starts at Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, races he participated in before he was struck down with cancer in 1996.

Concerning his pre-Tour racing schedule, he said the move to May by the Tour of California makes for a tough choice.

“It’s a dilemma between the Giro and the Tour of California, which are both held in May. RadioShack is an American sponsor, but the Giro is good preparation for the Tour,” he said. “June will be more traditional, in Europe, to preview the stages.”

Armstrong said he plans to remain in Europe in June so he can reconnoiter key mountain stages of the 2010 Tour de France.

And he hinted he would compete at the Dauphiné Libéré, the key week-long warm-up for the Tour which is held in early June.

“We just have to decide whether to race the Giro or not, that’s the only uncertainty,” he added.

“The Dauphine would be good. It’s an important race for the Tour with some good climbs and a hard time trial.”

Asked whether he would race on till 2011, Armstrong said he might be tempted to take his RadioShack colors into other cycling-related sports.

“I’ve said I would be doing some off-road events,” he said. “I am interested in doing an IronMan in Hawaii or Nice, though I don’t really know what the course is like.”