11 Sep 2008

Riders welcome news of Armstrong's return

6:49 am on 11 September 2008

European road cycling stars are welcoming news of Lance Armstrong's plan to return ro professional cycling.

The 37 year old American has confirmed he's making a comeback, and will compete in next year's Tour de France as part of an international cancer awareness campaign.

The Spanish rider Luis Ribera, a teammate on five of Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories, says he might delay his retirement to ride alongside the American again, a former tour winner Alberto Contador says he'd be pleased if Armstrong signed for his Astana team, and Carlos Sastre says just seeing Armstrong on television makes his hair stand on end.

The Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme wouldn't rule out the return of Armstrong, provided he accepts the rules.

But the Tour of Spain director Victor Cordero was a lot more sceptical about Armstrong's comeback announcement.