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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Word leaks out that Armstrong will start comeback in Australia

Associated Press

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will begin his comeback in the Tour Down Under in January.

Mike Rann, premier of South Australia state, made the announcement Wednesday, hours ahead of the American's planned media conference in New York to announce details of his comeback. Armstrong's appearance in Australia in January was also confirmed by Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur.

The six-stage Tour Down Under, the first event on the 2009 world pro cycling calendar, will be take place from Jan. 20 to 25.

Armstrong announced on Sept. 9 that he is returning to cycling after three years in retirement and would attempt to win the Tour de France an eighth time.