19 Jun 2009

Armstrong team's money trouble solved

6:27 am on 19 June 2009

Lance Armstrong's Astana team will be able to ride in next month's Tour de France after the Kazakh-funded outfit met their financial obligations for the rest of the season.

Astana had been given until close of business on Wednesday to resolve their financial woes, otherwise they would have faced being stripped of their licence to race by the International Cycling Union.

During last month's Giro d'Italia, the seven-times Tour de France winner Armstrong and all but one of his team mates blanked out the sponsors' names on their shirts in protest at the money trouble.

The Astana roster on the Tour starting on July 4 in Monaco is expected to be led by Armstrong and Spaniard Alberto Contador, the 2007 winner and arguably the top stage-race rider in the world.