Cycling fans may wish to book holidays to Australia in order to witness a very special event to be held Down Under.

Cycling fans may wish to book holidays to Australia in order to witness a very special event to be held Down Under.

It has been announced that seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is to return to competitive racing and that his first race will be in Adelaide next January.

American cyclist Armstrong, who overcame testicular cancer to win his first tour, retired in 2005, but has said he will return in order to promote the fight against the disease.

South Australian Tourism Commission spokesperson Neil Saunders said he was thrilled with the news.

“Last year we estimated that 15,000 people came from UK and Europe to watch Tour Down Under live from the roadside in Adelaide and we estimate that that number will double next year,” he remarked.

The Tour Down Under race will take place from January 18th to 25th and will see bikers riding over 800 kilometres through Australia.

Spectators will also have chance to cycle along some sections, as well as meet their idols.

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