Lance Armstrong says he'll ride in Amgen Tour of California

Cycling star Lance Armstrong announced this morning at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas that he will participate in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, putting him on course to ride through the San Joaquin Valley in February.

The Tour of California, an 800-mile course that runs Feb. 14-22, is the largest and most prestigious road race in the United States. Stage 4 will run between San Jose and Modesto on Feb. 17.

The Tour of California will be the second race the seven-time Tour de France champion attempts in his comeback from retirement. Armstrong announced Wednesday that he would also ride in the Jan. 20-25 Tour Down Under in Australia.