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Craig Porter 2nd Dec 2008 - 14:39

Lance will have a stab at Le Tour

Lance Armstrong has announced that he will compete in the 2009 Tour de France.

The American cycling legend, who won the Tour de France on seven consecutive occasions from 1999 to 2005, is priced at 4/1 in the betting to win the 2009 event.

Armstrong announced last September that he was returning to professional cycling but, until this announcement, there had been doubts that he would race in France due to his strained relationship with French journalists and the Tour's organisers.

Ahead of him and favourite in the betting is his Astana team-mate Alberto Contador at 6/4. The 2007 Tour de France champion will be keen to regain his crown having been unable to take part in last year's race. The Astana team were encouraged to withdraw from the 2008 competition following a positive drug test on one of its riders.

Another Spaniard, and the 2008 champion, Carlos Sastre is priced at odds of 14/1 to repeat his triumph.

Mark Cavendish, who in 2008 became the first ever Briton to win four stages of the Tour de France before joining Team GB in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, can be backed at 500/1 - odds reflecting his specialism in sprinting.

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