Lance Armstrong expecting fifth child... and he/she is already on Twitter

Texan cyclist spills beans after following forthcoming arrival on social networking site

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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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