South Australian Premier Mike Rann announced on Wednesday that Lance Armstrong and his new Radio Shack team will take part in the 2010 Tour Down Under.
Lance Armstrong's new cycling squad, Team Radio Shack, will make its debut at the 2010 Tour Down Under around Adelaide from January 17-24, South Australian Premier Mike Rann announced on Wednesday.
Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion who returned from retirement this year for Astana in a supporting role at the famed race, will be the star rider of the new Team Radio Shack.
"It's been a fabulous comeback year for him," said Rann. "It will be the first race of the season with his RadioShack team."
"I'm delighted to announce that Lance Armstrong will be back inAdelaide to race in next year's Tour Down Under," Rann said in astatement.
"I've been in regular contact with Lance and his management since hemade his world cycling comeback in Adelaide at the 2009 Tour Down Under.
"He really enjoyed his time here and has told me how much heappreciated the massive support he received from the thousands ofcycling fans during the race and from the communities supporting thelaunch of his global cancer campaign."
Armstrong confirmed the news on the final day of the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin.
"We are going to go back to South Australia with the Tour Down Under,based on the fact that it's a great race, great community."
"I'm Lookingforward to going back to Australia for the first race of the seasonwith Team Radio Shack, the first race of all time for Team Radio Shack,and continue the work, continue the global mission, the globalcampaign."
The Radio Shack team roster is currently being assembled and is awaiting UCI approval for a Pro Tour license.
Belgians Sebastien Rosseler and Gert Steegmans are set to join LanceArmstrong's new team Radio Shack, according to reports in severalBelgian newspapers.
According to Het Nieuwsblad, Rosseler,28, will quit Quick Step at the end of the season to sign a two-yeardeal with Radio Shack, which is set to be managed by current Astanateam manager Johan Bruyneel.
Bruyneel, who has accumulatednine Tour de France victories as a team manager - seven of which withArmstrong - has a year left on his contract with Astana.
Steegmans, a Tour de France stage winner who recently parted companywith Russian outfit Katusha, is set to sign a one-year deal with RadioShack, according to Gazet van Antwerpen.
Armstrong finishedthird overall at the Tour de France in July while racing for Astana onwhat was his first participation in the race since securing his seventhyellow jersey in 2005, after which he retired.