The cycling great Lance Armstrong will almost certainly take part in May's Giro d'Italia, according to race organisers.
The seven-times Tour de France winner broke his collarbone in a race in Spain last month and has been training in the United States in a bid to be fit for what would be his first Giro.
Organisers say that Armstrong will almost certainly be in Venice for the start of the centenary race.
The 37-year-old, who returned to the sport in January after three and a half in retirement, says he is making good progress in his recovery.
He is also due to race in July's Tour de France but fears French authorities could ban him because of a disagreement over his behaviour at a doping test in March.