Lance Armstrong visits the 2006 Tour de France

It started as a rumour on the internet and, for several days, it seemed the most outlandish of rumours at that.

But Lance Armstrong has today confirmed he will be making a return to professional cycling in 2009. Watch his statement on his website. Yes, it really is him.

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