Lance Armstrong to Race in San Diego

Cyclist to race In Tour of California

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Lance Armstrong, thought by many to be the greatest cyclist of all time, is going to race in San Diego County.

Armstrong confirmed Thursday that his comeback schedule will include racing in the Amgen Tour of California from Feb. 14-22, 2009. The final stage of the nine-day event starts in Rancho Bernardo and ends in Escondido.

"The level of competition, the challenge of the course and the highly professional atmosphere make it the ideal situation for me to continue my training," says Armstrong. "I look forward to racing once again in the United States in what we consider the best race outside of Europe."

Armstrong is returning to competitive racing after a 3-year retirement. Next July, he hopes to ride in the Tour de France, an event he's won seven times. So far, Armstrong has not been invited to compete in that race.

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