Armstrong Braces for Last Tour de France

Lance Armstrong will be competing in his final Tour de France next month–at least that’s what he is saying at present. The seven-time Tour de France champion said in an announcement through his Twitter account that he will be retiring from the prestigious Tour after this year.

The 2010 Tour de France will kick off on July 3 with a prologue in Rotterdam, where Armstrong, with the help of his own Radioshack team, will try to stop Alberto Contador from winning a second-straight title. Contador is still considered a favorite but Armstrong, who finished third last year, is expected to give the Spanish rider a tough challenge.

Armstrong organized his own team after misunderstanding with Contador last year over who should lead the Astana team. Armstrong is looking to win his eighth Tour de France and first since winning seven straight from 1999 to 2005.

He retired in 2005 but came out of retirement last year citing his desire to promote cancer awareness and satisfy his craving for competition. Armstrong left active competition in 1996 after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He returned in late 1998 to start his domination of the Tour de France.