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November 10, 2008
Media accreditation open for Tour Down Under - Lance Armstrong's comeback

The Peloton in action during stage two of the Tour Down Under held at Hahndorf January 23, 2008 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Simon Cross/Getty Images)

ADELAIDE, November 10, 2008 - Lance Armstrong's decision to return to cycling by competing in Australia's Tour Down Under next January is expected to whip up a media frenzy.

Armstrong will officially return to professional road cycling from January 18-26 at the picturesque South Australian event guaranteeing record crowds and unprecedented international media coverage.

As an indication, this year's Tour's Legends Dinner attracted about 800 guests and organisers are expecting as many as 3000 in 2009 because of Armstrong's presence.

Armstrong's entry was officially sanctioned by the International Cycling Union after an anti-doping provision put his start in doubt. The world favourite had not officially told officials of his comeback six months before the Tour thus prompting some heavy duty lobbying from the Tour Down Under organisers and the South Australian Government.

Accreditation is expected to be tight. Online applications are currently being accepted. For more information please go to the accreditation section of the AIPS website.

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