Seven-time Tour de France champion pops question to rock star girlfriend and considers riding again.
By Suzanne Halliburton
Monday, September 05, 2005
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong made two significant announcements Monday regarding his future. He and rock star Sheryl Crow are engaged and are planning a spring wedding. And Armstrong confirmed that he is "thinking" about coming out of retirement and defending his Tour yellow jersey. Armstrong made these relevations during an interview with the American-Statesman.
Given that Armstrong and Crow have been living together for 18 months, the engagement isn't that surprising, although since May, they've constantly had to dispel breakup rumors started by European newspapers.
However, Armstrong has only entertained the idea of riding the Tour next July for about the last two weeks. He first started mulling the idea after a French newspaper reported Aug. 22 that Armstrong tested positive six times for a banned blood booster as he was winning his first Tour in 1999. "I'm thinking about it," Armstrong said Monday. "I'm thinking it's the best way to piss (the French) off." When asked how serious his "thinking" was, Armstrong replied: "I'm exercising every day."