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It?s been a long time since Lance Armstrong spoke to us ? some time back in the day, we were added to his infamous blacklist. The blacklist never existed, he now informs us, in this exclusive interview. He also denies that he?s having a mid-life crisis, keeps us in the dark about whether he?ll ride the 2009 Tour, and tells us he doesn?t even know his own VO2 Max figures.

This interview first appeared in the November 27 issue of Cycling Weekly, and is a companion piece to the exclusive Lance Armstrong feature in the current edition of Cycle Sport. Since the interview, conducted in Austin, Texas, on November 17, Armstrong has admitted that he intends to ride the Tour de France, although race organisers ASO have yet to confirm his participation.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.