Well, things have changed a bit. Apparently the team that people surmised Lance would go to has not in fact heard from him. But there's been no word from Lance either that he doesn't plan on returning. So it seems likely he still might.
Either way, this news comes a day after Brett Favre made his 354th consecutive start in the NFL, un-retiring and joining the New York Jets. You think this played a role at all? I suspect it has. But most of all, it sounds like Armstrong still wants to clear his name and give some life back to a dying sport.
Armstrong will obviously get a great deal of attention at the Tour de France next summer, but it sounds like he'll also trying to save the sport of cycling here in the US. A one time popular race during Armstrong's prime, the Tour de Georgia, is currently without a sponsor. That will change if his return includes that race as is planned.
I, for one, look forward to the added attention Lance will bring the Tour de France, but I don't think his performance can overshadow the likelihood of several more riders getting ousted by doping charges.
Sources: Lance Armstrong coming back [VeloNews]