Lance Armstrong has announced his intention to race the 2009 Tour de France, according to his Twitter posting minutes ago.
"I'm committed to riding for the best guy," Armstrong said Monday, parroting remarks he's said the past month or so. Triple Grand Tour winner and Astana team-mate Alberto Contador has targeted the 2009 Tour de France as his primary goal, while Armstrong has set his sights on the Giro d'Italia. Armstrong sees no problem in playing a supporting role on a team that includes 2007 Tour winner Contador and podium finishers Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Klöden.
"We'll abide by the same code that I do: cycling is team sport, while we'd all like to win," Armstrong told the Associated Press in a telephone interview from Tenerife in the Canary Islands where the Astana team is training.