The six-time Tour de France champ may hang up his bike after this year's race

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 18, 2005 08:35 AM

Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is set to make an announcement on Monday that is expected to settle questions on whether he will retire from cycling after this summer’s race, where he will aim for a seventh straight title.

Earlier this month, Armstrong, 33, called retirement “a possibility” and said, “I am still thinking about that.” His representatives would not discuss his plans, according to reports from Augusta, where on Tuesday Armstrong, 33, is due to participate in Tour de Georgia, a six-day, 648-mile race he won last year.

“Lance is going to make an announcement,” said Mark Higgins, a spokesman for Capital Sports Entertainment, which represents Armstrong. “Everybody is anxious to hear it. He’s kind of keeping it under wraps.”

Should his retirement become a reality, the Tour de Georgia will be the Texan’s final race in the United States.

A cancer survivor, Armstrong – who has been dating singer Sheryl Crow, 43, for about a year – recently told the press in Italy that he missed his two daughters and a son and the pressure was taking a toll on him. “Four more months and it’s over,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Armstrong’s new two-year contract to race for the Discovery Channel team requires his participation in just one more Tour de France.