Lance Armstrong has been confirmed as part of Radio Shack’s Tour Down Under team in January and will race again for the first time since the 2009 Tour of Ireland.

“We haven’t decided completely who will be racing,” explained Radio Shack’s directeur sportif Johan Bruyneel on his website, but “I can tell you Lance is going to be racing.”

It will be the Radio Shack team’s first race of the 2010 season, after Bruyneel and Armstrong left the Astana outfit, taking with them many of the staff, riders and equipment, to create the new squad.

Armstrong rode the race in 2009 as part of his build-up to the Tour de France.

The Belgian rider, Gert Steegmans, joins the team and, “will be our sprinter and there are lots of possibilities for him in the bunch sprints in this race,” Bruyneel added.

“Yaroslav Popovych will also be riding but the others are to be determined. It’s definitely going to be a pretty strong team and we want to be competitive from the first race with the new uniform of Radio Shack.”

The team held a meeting for its directeurs sportif yesterday at its service course in Brakel, Belgium, ahead of its first training camp in December.

Meanwhile, Alberto Contador, who won the 2009 Tour de France with Astana, has yet to confirm which team he will ride for in 2010.

On Monday, the Spaniard signed an individual contract with Specialized, leading to speculation that he may a move to Quick Step – which uses Specialized bikes – may be imminent. Alternatively, it could also mean Astana will ride the American bikes in 2010.

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  • hold the front page

    I heard he had lunch today and will probably eat breakfast tomorrow morning. some speculation as to whether it will be toast or cereal though

  • theswordsman

    I agree with the others. This year it was news because it was his first time back in the peloton. For next year including him in the list of all riders and teams a few days before the event will suffice. And looking back at past promises to have personal drug testing, be completely open with the media (remember the Giro?) and promising to be the best teammate Alberto Contador ever had, it might be best to forget his plans and report after he’s done something.

  • Chris benson

    First time since tdf? Didn’t he do the tour of Ireland subsequently?

  • f.peters

    I’m not interested in whether Lance is or is not doing something in January. The press seem to behave like a pseudo twitter service for him.

  • bored

    Guys – this is ages away. Its not news and this Lance centric mania is boring