15 Oct 2008

Armstrong says he may not race Tour de France

6:08 am on 15 October 2008

Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he's not yet sure if he will ride in next year's race as part of his comeback.

The 37-year-old American, who retired in 2005, announced yesterday that he will race in May's Giro d'Italia for the first time.

Armstrong has been quoted in an Italian newspaper as saying that the Italian classic could be the only three-week stage race that he'll compete in.

He says everybody knows its importance but the problems he has with the organisers, journalists and fans could be distracting for his mission -- to focus world attention on the battle against cancer.

Armstrong says before announcing his return, he contacted organisers but is still to get a reply and there is a chance they won't invite him.

Armstrong begins his comeback with the Astana team in January's Tour Down Under in Australia.

Armstrong is returning to cycling for at least a year and has not decided if he will prolong the comeback.