ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Lance Armstrong will race in the Tour of the Gila after all.
Race director Jack Brennan said Tuesday the American will be allowed to compete at this week’s event after USA Cycling reached an agreement with the International Cycling Union.
USA Cycling spokesman Andy Lee confirmed a deal was in place. He said it will allow Armstrong and Astana teammates Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner to compete in New Mexico.
Armstrong wrote early Tuesday on his Twitter feed that he was “Down at mellowjohnnys grabbing some jerseys, etc. to race in…”
Brennan said Monday the UCI had planned to enforce a rule that bars top pro teams from sending organized squads to national-level races.