Statement from AEG regarding Lance Armstrong’s return to professional cycling:

"We applaud the commitment that Lance Armstrong has made to return to cycling for the purpose of raising awareness for cancer. All of us at AEG, the Amgen Tour of California, and Breakaway from Cancer™ share his commitment to supporting those who are engaged in this important fight," said Andrew Messick, President, AEG Sports, owner and operator of the Amgen Tour of California.

"The level of competition, international attention, commitment to fair and clean racing, and passionate fans for which the Amgen Tour of California has become known, make our event a perfect fit for his noble endeavor."


"We met with Lance's representatives yesterday in New York and outlined a broad plan to help our Breakaway from Cancer™ charity and the Lance Armstrong Foundation make an important difference in the lives with those afflicted with cancer.  It is our hope to see Lance Armstrong and his Astana teammates in our race next year," continued Messick.


About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding, recently expanded, more than 800-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009.


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