By Andrew Hood
Lance Armstrong’s road map back to the Tour de France continues to take shape.
Astana team officials confirmed to VeloNews that Armstrong is scheduled to race Milan-San Remo (March 21), Vuelta a Castilla y León (March 23-27) the Giro di Trentino (April 22-25), the Giro d’Italia (May 9-31) and the Tour de France (July 4-26).
But Armstrong’s manager Mark Higgins said that Armstrong will not race the Tour of Flanders, a race he had earlier said he was considering.
Officials from the Vuelta a Castilla y León in northern Spain told VeloNews that Armstrong would not be racing in the five-day race in late March. But Astana announced Monday that he would participate as a lead-up to the Giro d’Italia in May.
Astana’s Alberto Contador will defend his title at Castilla while Levi Leipheimer will skip Paris-Nice and race Castilla y León instead after Astana revealed that the three-time Tour of California winner fractured his sacrum, a large bone at the base of the spine, during a crash in stage three.
For Armstrong, his race schedule continues to take shape.
Following the Tour, Armstrong also will race the Third Tour of Ireland (Aug. 19-23) and then host a major conference with the first Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin immediately following the race, Aug. 24-26.
Armstrong, meanwhile, was in Mexico this weekend, where he acted as the official race-starter at the Tour of Mexico on Sunday in Oaxaca.
Ahead of the race, Armstrong met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Saturday to discuss cancer issues.
The Mexican tour returned in 2008 after a 10-year hiatus and features 10 Mexican teams and 10 foreign teams, including the Trek-Livestrong team with Taylor Phinney and ex-pro Axel Merckx acting as sport director. The American teams OUCH-Maxxis, Rock Racing, Team Type 1 and a composite U.S. U25 team also are participating.