April 16, 2009 / 5:37 PM / 11 years ago

Armstrong should be at Giro, say organizers

Lance Armstrong of the U.S. adjusts his earphone before the start of the first stage of Spain's Vuelta Castilla y Leon cycling race in Paredes de Nava March 23, 2009. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez

MILAN (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong will almost certainly take part in May’s Giro d’Italia, organizers said on Thursday.

The seven-times Tour de France winner broke his collarbone in a race in Spain last month and has been training in the United States in a bid to be fit for what would be his first Giro.

Organizers told a news conference at the launch of a book about the Giro that they had been informed that Armstrong would almost certainly be in Venice for the start of the centenary race on May 9.

The 37-year-old, who returned to the sport in January after 3-1/2 years in retirement, has said on his Twitter feed (twitter.com/lancearmstrong) that he is making good progress in his recovery.

He is also due to race in July’s Tour de France but fears French authorities could ban him because of a disagreement over his behavior at a doping test in March.

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