Lance Armstrong Astana press conference Tenerife Dec 08

Lance Armstrong's comeback to professional cycling gathered more pace this week when the seven-times Tour de France winner joined his 2009 Astana team-mates in Tenerife and held a press conference to the assembled media.

Armstrong was joined on the stage by team-mate and 2007 Tour winner Alberto Contador and team manager Johan Bruyneel. The Texan answered a range of questions fielded by journalists, which covered everything from his feeling towards the French to using Twitter.

One surprise announcement was Armstrong's interest in riding the Tour of Ireland. He hinted that the Irish stage race would fit into his 2009 schedule and plans to take his LiveStrong cancer initiative to a wider, global audience.

You can read the whole transcript of the conference in our news section.

Photos by Andy Jones

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong arrives at the press conference

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Media from all over the world descended on Tenerife to see Armstrong and Contador

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong and Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel

Lance Armstrong

The seven-times Tour winner fields questions from the press

Lance Armstrong

Team solidarity, or arm-wrestling match? Armstrong and Contador shake on it

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Alberto Contador and Johan Bruyneel

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Lance returns fire

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Having a laugh


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Wednesday Comment (September 24)

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The Wednesday Comment, Armstrong Edition (September 10)

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