Wikipedia, in its simple way of explaining things so I can understand them, defines Twitter as this -- "Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service, that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length."
Honestly, no knock on Twitter but I have never visited the site before in my life (even though we have a page!). Well, Twitter is known now for more than just a collection of TWEETS. Lance Armstrong made the announcement (dated December 2, 2008 for some reason) that he will be racing in the 2009 Tour de France. Mini-blogging and news breaking!
"Just did an interview with AP announcing I am doing the Tour de France in 2009," is what the Tweet said about 3 PM EST time on December 1.
Well, besides the country of France, who hates Lance for no real reason except they think he cheats, this has to be good news for cycling. Like Tiger Woods return to golf, cycling has been in a lull since Armstrong left the sport after winning seven consecutive Tour de France.
Armstrong has said he's in as good a shape at this point in his training as he has ever been, so that is something. He's also announced his concern with the safety of the race but that won't deter him from peddling as fast as his body will allow. I'm not much into comeback stories because most disappoint, but if Lance won this thing I'm not really sure there would be a story in the history of sports that could compare.
I guess it's time for Livestrong bracelets to make a comeback?
Lance Armstrong Will Race in the 2009 Tour de France, It Says So on His Twitter Page originally appeared on FanHouse Back Porch on Mon, 01 Dec 2008 20:42:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.