Tour of Ireland organizers are insisting that Lance Armstrong will still compete in the Tour of Ireland this August, despite claims that he'll be out of commision due to his crash in Spain on Monday.
The seven-time Tour de France winner broke his collarbone in a crash during the first stage of the Castilla-Leon race in Spain on Monday.
The 37-year-old Texan, who rides for the Astana Cycling team, released the following comments on the team’s Web site:
“In 17 years as a pro I have been lucky to avoid one of the most common cycling injuries. The crash has put my upcoming calendar in jeopardy, but the most important thing for me right now is to get back home, rest up, and begin my rehab,” he said.
"I have road rash abrasions on right hip and arm, but the big problem is the broken collarbone. I never had this before. It is pretty painful. Now we must see how it heals. I will go back to the U.S. and there we will decide on surgery,” he said.
Armstrong’s participation in the Giro D’italia, which runs from May 9-31, is now in serious jeopardy, though Armstrong, who battled and beat cancer, was not ready to rule himself out just yet.
“I am very disappointed. Very. Especially for the Giro. Now the biggest problem is the pain. It hurts. We will see," he said.
Speculation rose that depending on the severity of the injury, the crash could have a serious impact on the American’s desire to take part in the Tour of Ireland this summer, which runs August 19-23.
The Tour's project director, Darach McQuaid, clarified matters today by saying he is in contact with Armstrong, and the cycling star's injury will not affect his participation in the Tour of Ireland.
Armstrong committed to participate in the tour in February when The Lance Armstrong Foundation announced that the premier LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit would take place in Dublin from August 24-26.