The U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team's Lance Armstrong, in the midst of a comeback following successful treatments for cancer, will race in Sunday's Outdoor Life Network Grand Prix in Atlanta. Following nearly 10 days of intense training in the hills of North Carolina, Armstrong's decision to take part in the 119-mile race through Atlanta's midtown and Piedmont Park, the third of eight races comprising the Tour of America series, came unexpectedly yesterday.
"After spending the past nine days training harder than ever," Armstrong said, "I have decided to race the Outdoor Life Network Grand Prix. My motivation is very high right now and I hope to be competitive. We have a very strong team in the race and hope to make it back-to-back victories."
The U.S. Postal Service's Marty Jemison won last year's event.
Armstrong began his comeback in Europe in February and placed 14th overall at the Ruta del Sol stage race in Spain. Armstrong returned to the United States in early March in order to refocus his plans for the season, which include competing in the Sprint 56K Criterium in his hometown of Austin, TX, on May 22, and participating in the Ride for the Roses on May 23, the signature event of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Armstrong plans to compete in the U.S. Pro Championship in Philadelphia on June 7 and intends to return to Europe for the Tour of Luxembourg and the Tour of Catalunya in Spain.
Armstrong will join six U.S. Postal Service teammates in Atlanta for the Outdoor Life Network Grand Prix - Jemison, Frankie Andreu, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and Anton Villatoro.