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Armstrong will return to Tour in 2010, plans new sponsor announcement

Lance Armstrong said on Tuesday he would definitely ride in next year's race, a reliable source told AFP. Armstrong plans to announce a new sponsor on Thursday, although he refused to say if it would replace his present team Astana. However, his close friend and mentor Johan Bruyneel announced earlier on Tuesday that he is set to quit as Astana's team manager, and rumors are rife that he is ready to start up a new team with Armstrong the likely leader.

By Agence France Presse

Lance Armstrong said on Tuesday he would definitely ride in next year’s race, a reliable source told AFP.

Armstrong plans to announce a new sponsor on Thursday, although he refused to say if it would replace his present team Astana.

However, his close friend and mentor Johan Bruyneel announced earlier on Tuesday that he is set to quit as Astana’s team manager, and rumors are rife that he is ready to start up a new team with Armstrong the likely leader.