Tour Down Under still only confirmed Armstrong appearance for 2011

January’s Tour Down Under is still the only confirmed race appearance for Lance Armstrong in 2011.

January’s Tour Down Under is still the only confirmed race appearance for Lance Armstrong in 2011.

2010 Tour de France stage 9, Lance Armstrong had a much better day than Sunday.
Armstrong hasn't raced since the 2010 Tour de France

Armstrong, who recently wrapped up a training camp in Arizona with his RadioShack teammates, has said that the Australian race, set for January 16-23, will be his final race outside the United States.

RadioShack team spokesman Philippe Maertens said that Armstrong has still not confirmed the remainder of his 2011 racing schedule.

“It’s not that we don’t want to say something, but even Lance doesn’t know what races he’ll be doing yet,” Maertens told VeloNews. “He’s ambitious in doing so many things that he hasn’t made a race schedule yet. As far as we know, he will be doing more triathlon and he will race in some American races.”

Armstrong ─ who has not raced since finishing 23rd in the 2010 Tour de France ─ is also expected to make a return to triathlon in 2011. Organizers of the Blue Lake Multisport Festival in Rotorua on New Zealand’s north island have confirmed that Armstrong is registered for the January event.

The two-day festival includes an aquathon (5.5km forest run/800m lake swim) and 2km open water swim on January 29 and a short-distance triathlon on January 30 which includes a 750m lake swim, 16km road leg and a 5.5km forest run. Organizers said Armstrong is registered to compete in all the weekend’s events.

There’s also speculation that Armstrong might compete in the May 15-22 Amgen Tour of California, in what could be his final road race appearance. However, he worked closely with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to help get the Quizno’s Pro Challenge off the ground. That race, which debuts in August, includes a stage finish in Armstrong’s second hometown of Aspen, and there has also been speculation that Armstrong could use that event as his professional farewell.

Maertens also said there’s no chance of Armstrong racing in the 2011 Tour de France, saying, “For sure, 100 percent no Tour.”