Lance Armstrong to race in 2009 Giro d’Italia


MILAN — Lance Armstrong confirmed Monday that he will race in next year’s Giro d’Italia for the first time.

“I will give my utmost, and not only to prepare for the Tour,” the seven-time Tour de France winner said in a statement from race organizers RCS Sport. “Not having taken part in the Giro was one of my biggest regrets as a rider. Finally I will be able to do it.”

Armstrong retired from the sport three years ago but never competed in the Italian race, which takes place from May 9 to 31, 2009.