Armstrong heads for Cape Argus - the world's biggest cycle ride

South Africans delighted at champ's participation

by Tom Henry   February 5, 2010  

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Lance Armstrong has used his favourite method of communication to confirm his attendance at the world's largest time mass-participation cycling event.

The multiple Tour de France winner will be riding in the 68-mile Cape Argus Cycle Tour in South Africa on March 14, having let millions know via his Twitter feed.

"Hey South Africa! Excited to come down in March,” he Tweeted. “Bringing your man Daryl Impey with me. And yes, we're racing The Argus. Hear gr8 things.”

Impey is Armstrong's South African team-mate at the newly-formed RadioShack squad.

"Last year it was Matt Damon and this year it's Lance," David Bellairs, Cape Argus Cycle Tour co-director told the South African press.

"With such high profile individuals taking part, there can be no doubt about Cycle Tour's iconic status."

"The fact that Lance will be riding Cycle Tour alongside one of South Africa's cycling superstars is just wonderful," Bellairs said.

Last year's event was blighted by strong winds that saw 25,698 finish, and 15,659 either elect not to start or drop out.