14 Oct 2008

Armstrong to race Giro

9:27 am on 14 October 2008

Lance Armstrong will race in next year's Giro d'Italia for the first time as part of his cycling comeback.

The 37-year-old, who retired in 2005, will compete in the Italian Classic in May before bidding for an eighth Tour de France title in July.

Armstrong says not having taken part in the Giro was one of his biggest regrets as a rider.

The American will start his comeback in January's Tour Down Under in Australia.

Armstrong, who fought off cancer and unproven doping allegations during his career, is partly making a comeback with the Astana team to promote his global cancer awareness campaign, LiveStrong.

The Giro, the second biggest stage-race after the Tour, will be celebrating its centenary next year. The route has yet to be announced.

Many riders opt out of racing both the Giro and the Tour because of the physical exertion required.