September 5, 2005

Cycling champ Armstrong engaged to rocker Crow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven-time Tour de France winner
Lance Armstrong is engaged to marry rock star Sheryl Crow, a
spokesman for the cyclist confirmed Monday.

No details of the wedding were released, although the
spokesman said a spring wedding was likely.

The couple met at a charity event in October 2003 and began
dating a short time later. The testicular cancer survivor has
three children from his first marriage. It will be the first
marriage for Crow, 43, who has previously been linked with rock
star Eric Clapton and actor Owen Wilson.

Armstrong, 33, has been dogged by controversy recently when
a French newspaper said six of Armstrong's urine samples
collected on the 1999 Tour de France showed traces of the
banned substance EPO (erythropoietin).

There were no tests to detect EPO, a drug that increases
the level of red blood cells and endurance, in 1999. However,
samples from the 1999 Tour de France were kept and have been
recently retested by a lab based outside of Paris.

Armstrong, a Texan who last month took cycling enthusiast
President George W. Bush on a 17-mile workout, has denied ever
taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Crow, a former backing singer with Michael Jackson, has won
nine Grammy Awards since breaking through in 1993. The
singer/songwriter, best known for such hits as "All I Wanna Do"
and "If Makes You Happy," will release her fifth studio album,
"Wildflower," on September 13.

(Additional reporting by Dean Goodman)