The bookies may only have Team RadioShack's Lance Armstrong down as third favourite to win this summer’s Tour de France, but the Texan cyclist will have some cause for celebration later this year after revealing that girlfriend Anna Hansen is expecting his fifth, and her second, child.
Armstrong, who has nearly 2.5 million followers on the social networking site Twitter, revealed the happy news in a reply to fans who were curious as to the identity of the latest person he was following, the as-yet unborn ‘cincoarmstrong’ – we’re guessing the Spanish for ‘fifth’ explains the nickname.
The seven-times Tour de France winner tweeted “'Getting ?s today about someone I'm following, a certain @cincoarmstrong. What to say? Yet another blessing in our lives. I cannot wait!,” and the forthcoming addition to the family has wasted no time in following in Dad’s footsteps by getting to grips with Twitter, its debut message saying “'I got 2 arms, 2 legs, a nickname and (I'm) 2 inches long. See y'all in October.”
Subsequent tweets from Cincoarmstrong stated: “ I'm now the size of a lemon, 3.5 inches long, and weigh 1.5 ounces. And oh yeah, I'm on Twitter,” and “working on my avatar. It's slightly complicated. For me at least.”
Armstrong and Hansen already have one son, 10-month old Max, while the cyclist has three children from his marriage to ex-wife Kristen, twins Isabella and Grace, aged eight, and a son, Luke, who is 11 years old.
From Cinco’s profile, it appears that the nipper will answer to the name Jack if male, and Olivia if a girl.
For friends or family wanting to buy gifts but unsure whether to go pink or blue, it’s worth remembering that yellow is a safe option that covers both genders, and given the brand identity of Armstrong’s Livestrong charity, a perfectly appropriate choice.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.