Updated: Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009, 9:23 AM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009, 9:56 PM CDT
AUSTIN (AP) - Lance Armstrong said racing in the Giro d'Italia in May is in his plans even though his broken collarbone is a bit more serious than first thought. The Austin great said Tuesday night during a conference call with reporters he thinks the Giro is still very doable.
He said new tests show "multiple pieces" of broken bone. Armstrong will have surgery Wednesday in Austin, and a metal plate will be inserted to stabilize his collarbone.
Armstrong said that he must rest for at least 72 hours before he can return to a training bike. Although the recovery typically takes four to six weeks, Armstrong hopes his will be faster.
He crashed Monday in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon race in northern Spain.