Report: Lance leaning toward 2009 Tour, says 2010 possible

To ride or not to ride? That still remains the question.

But if Lance Armstrong's latest comments are any indication, the seven-time Tour de France champion will more than likely be back in 2009.

"I'm definitely coming back to racing, and I recognize the Tour is the marquee event," Armstrong told the Austin American-Statesman. "Chances are more likely than not that I'll [ride in the Tour de France]."

And he might not stop there. Armstrong also left the door open for 2010.

"I don't want to rule out a second year, but I don't want to guarantee it either," Armstrong told the newspaper. "My performance will determine a lot of it."

The 37-year-old Armstrong, who is returning to cycling after a three-year retirement, has kept in shape running marathons and more recently mountain bike racing.

Armstrong, who is scheduled to race the Giro d'Italia for the first time in 2009, had expressed doubts over whether he would try for another Tour title because of the problems he might encounter with "the organizers, journalists and fans."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.