Friday's international news round-up
ARMSTRONG WILL RIDE GIRO
Lance Armstrong (Astana) will be on the start line of the 2009 Giro d'Italia next month.
The Texan's participation in the Italian stage race was thrown into doubt when he broke his collarbone during the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in Spain last month.
Yesterday, Italian sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed Armstrong's participation in the race, which starts on Saturday May 9. It's the first time that Armstrong has ridden in the race.
“I raced for a long time but I never did the Giro d'Italia," Armstrong said in October last year when he announced his intention to ride the Giro. "It's one of the biggest regrets I've ever had, so fortunately for myself, I get to erase that regret and be at the 100 anniversary edition and who knows, maybe with a good result."
Armstrong has recovered quickly from his injury, no doubt aided by the operation he received in his hometown of Austin that saw the seven-time Tour de France winner walked away with a metal plate and 12 screws holding his clavicle together.
According to his Twitter feed, Armstrong has been doing four hour rides "climbing intervals at threshold too!", showing that his training is back on track.
AMSTEL KICKS OFF ARDENNES WEEK
This Sunday's Amstel Gold Race kicks off a week of racing in the Ardennes.
We've previewed the Amstel Gold Race in full in our news section, where you can find out more about the route, live TV times, past winners and much more.
We've also created a hub for all of our 2009 Spring Classics coverage so you can easily keep track of who won what and when this season.
DAJKA'S FATHER CRITICISES CYCLING AUSTRALIA AT FUNERAL
The father of Jobie Dajka has openly criticised Cycling Australia officials at the funeral of his son.
A statement written by Stan Dajka and read by a family friend included a passage saying that Cycling Australia had taken his son's "life dreams away" and that "they tore your heart out, put you in a heap and closed the door" according to a report on The Australian.
Former track sprinter Dajka was found dead in his apartment in Adelaide, Australia, on Tuesday, April 7. He had been suffering from depression and struggling with alcoholism.
Dajka won the Keirin at the 2002 track cycling world championships and was part of Australia's winning team sprint line-up at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in the same year. His career was cut short when he was left out of the Australian 2004 Olympic Games squad under accusations of lying about the injection of supplements.
Dajka's family had made it clear that no CA officials would be welcome at the funeral, held earlier today in Adelaide.
SASTRE RIDES ROMANDY TO PREPARE FOR GIRO
Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) is down to ride the Tour of Romandy (April 28-May 3) in preparation for this year's Giro d'Italia.
The Spanish 2008 Tour de France winner is also on the start list for Sunday's Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands.
Last year's Romandy winner, Andreas Kloden (Astana) has elected to miss this year's race.
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