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Lance Armstrong has confirmed that he will be racing in a sprint triathlon as part of the Eves Blue Lake Multisport Festival in New Zealand at the end of January.
The seven-time Tour de France winner made the announcement under his alter-ego twitter name Juan Pelota.
“I’m thinking the first tri is here… 38°12’S 176°20’E,” the tweet believed to be written by Armstrong read.
An hour later he tweeted, “Late January…”
Those coordinates match to Lake Tikitapu near Rotorua and the time frame is in line with the Eves Blue Lake Multisport Festival which takes place on January 30.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the event which includes a sprint triathlon of a 750m lake swim, 16km road cycle and a 5.5km forest run.
Event organizer Charlotte Pearson confirmed that Armstrong will be racing in the event:
“It’s pretty exciting. His media adviser emailed me yesterday to confirm it. I got in contact with him and asked ‘Can you confirm this?’ and he said ‘Yes we can confirm that it is Lance’. We actually never dreamed about this kind of thing it’s crazy.”
Check back to Triathlete.com as we continue to follow this developing story.