1 Oct 2008

Armstrong wants to race in Australia

7:09 am on 1 October 2008

Lance Armstrong remains hopeful he'll be allowed to launch his cycling comeback in Australia.

The seven-time Tour de France winner wants to return to elite racing in January on the Tour Down Under even though he's not eligible to return until February 1.

The International Cycling Union requires riders coming out of retirement to be in the sport's anti-doping programme for six months before racing.

But Armstrong's hoping authorities will grant him an exemption allowing him to ride the six-day race in South Australia, which runs from January 20-25.

He says he'll respect whatever the UCI decides this week.